LILY DALE: Butterfly idea spreads wings

Some of nature’s greatest gifts somehow seem to be under constant attack. Recent reports of a tiny mite affecting the honeybee population is of concern as well as the Emerald ash borer, which has the ability to kill a number of trees.

So last month’s opening of a butterfly habitat in Lily Dale is worth celebrating. The effort, according to organizers, took about eight months and it allowed the community to become the second in the state to be certified by the National Wildlife Federation.

“We have a natural interest in butterflies, birds, bees,” said committee member Bob Reuther. “The monarchs as you know are endangered. There’s a big push nationwide to help restore monarch habitats.”

Others who helped contribute to the site include the Northern Chautauqua Community Foundation and the Cassadaga Job Corp. All in all, we’re glad the idea has taken off.