RAGBRAI is quickly coming to a close, and cyclists' will be passing a lot of green pastures on their 51 mile ride on Friday.
Many riders will be tossing out milkweed balls that help to pollinate the grass which helps produce monarch butterflies.
A tent dedicated to enhancing the monarch butterfly count in Iowa was handing out milkweed balls and informing riders on the dangers the species faces due to the different chemicals used out in fields due to the Iowa's strong farming industry.
These practices were inspired by one woman after she rode her first RAGBRAI a couple years ago and decided that riders could potentially help save monarchs during the tour.
"We've given out around 25, 000, we made 50,000 so I'm happy with that progress, says Kelly Gulibaeu. "Teams are coming with big bags, they're coming back everyday to fill up their bags. The support vehicles are coming to support from their cars as they're driving to the meeting towns."
The group also handed out another type of seed for riders with acres of land to take back home with them to help feed monarchs in other locations around the country as well.
This effort is one of the ways RAGBRAI helps the ecosystem, raise awareness and unties people.
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