Monarch Butterfly Conservation Kickoff – Leslie Nature Center in Ann Arbor

When:
June 21, 2014 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
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Leslie Science & Nature Center (LSNC) is proud to present an opportunity to support beautiful migratory Monarch Butterflies at the Monarch Butterfly Conservation Kickoff, on-site at LSNC, 1831 Traver Rd, Ann Arbor, MI, 48105, on Saturday, June 21 from 1:00-3:00 p.m.

 

In preparation for LSNC’s Monarch Butterfly Migration Festival in September which will include tagging and releasing butterflies ready for their southern migration, the Monarch Butterfly Conservation Kickoff is an event focused on raising Monarch caterpillars. Program attendees will participate in the development of the LSNC Monarch Waystation and will learn how to create their own waystations at their homes.

 

The status of the Monarch Butterfly has been a popular topic recently in the scientific community as populations have declined sharply due to a number of factors, including habitat loss, climate change, and pesticide use. As pollinators, Monarchs play a crucial ecological role, and this new program is a chance to learn some of the most recent research surrounding them, providing an opportunity to join conservation efforts in a concrete, hands-on way. Seeing the progress of long-term conservation programs can often be the most rewarding type of stewardship, and this event is intended to go forward on an annual basis.

LSNC’s environmental education and natural science resources include areas within the site that are used specifically for learning about insects and insect conservation. Programs such as the Monarch Butterfly Conservation Kickoff provide educational elements about the diversity of wildlife to inspire stewardship, as well as offering attendees a taste of  the rewarding work of removing invasive plants and planting beneficial native varieties to provide insects with food and habitat.

This is a program designed to be accessible for all ages. LSNC’s educators will present information for adults and families how to take action, as well as ways to explore the topics presented in depth beyond the bounds of the initial program. Many hands will make light work while we expand LSNC’s butterfly habitat by planting milkweed on our site. Attendees will leave the program with plants and seeds suitable for planting at home, as well as the knowledge of how best to support Monarch conservation in their own spaces. Activities and games to involve younger children in conservation efforts while learning more about butterfly life cycles and their own place in our natural world will make this program fun for all attendees.

Please join us for Monarch Butterfly Conservation Kickoff on Saturday, June 21 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. at Leslie Science & Nature Center, 1831 Traver Road, Ann Arbor, MI, 48105. Registration is $10 per person, or $38 per family; all ages are welcome. Pre-registration is encouraged at http://www.lesliesnc.org or by calling 734-997-1553.

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