Week in Pictures Aug. 21 - loudountimes

Times-Mirror Staff Photo/Beverly Denny
Hundreds of visitors watch as the first of approximately 100 monarch butterflies are released by Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy volunteers at Oatlands Plantation Aug. 14. The monarch population has been decreasing steadily for 15 years due to loss of milkweed, which they need to lay eggs and eat as caterpillars, and nectar from plants such as goldenrod and asters. The Conservancy recruits volunteers to plant monarch waystations at their homes, schools, churches and businesses to help the butterflies survive.