PITTSBURGH — Pittsburgh is well known for being a great travel destination for individuals all across the world. Now, Pittsburgh has become a stop for butterflies, too! The David L. Lawrence Convention Center planted a monarch waystation on the North Terrace, which was completed on Friday, June 29, 2012. Assisted by Jim Bonner and Roxanne Swan with the Audubon Society of Western Pennsylvania, the DLCC staff planted the waystation to assist Monarch butterflies in the species’ unique and long journey south of the border.
Every year, Monarch butterflies migrate across the North American continent, completing their journey only when they have reached Mexico. However, the butterflies that arrive in Mexico are not the same ones that started the long travel south. Each individual butterfly goes a certain distance and then stops—which is where the DLCC monarch waystation comes in!
Monarch butterflies stop and lay eggs along their migratory path. The butterflies that are born are the ones that move forward and continue the journey. In order to assist in this massive migration, monarch waystations provide resources like milkweed and nectar plants that are necessary for monarch butterflies to continue the migration process by producing further generations. This process will continue all the way through October.
The monarch waystation is just one of continued greening projects at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center, which has garnered interest and accolades for the building’s sustainability. The DLCC received Platinum LEED® certification this past May, the highest level of LEED certification available through the USGBC. The DLCC is also the first convention center in the world to achieve both Gold LEED "New Construction" and Platinum LEED "Existing Building" certifications.
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