Mark your calendars to take advantage of the next program presented by the Big Country Chapter of Texas Master Naturalists on Friday, September 23 at 4:00PM at your Main Library (202 Cedar St). Designed for all ages to enjoy, local professionals within the organization volunteer their time to help educate the community on a variety of topics. At this session, Jean Dotson will provide a presentation titled Monarchs, Milkweed, and More.
When it comes to the world of butterflies, the common person may not be able to identify the variety of species that exist. However, I feel that most of us would be able to recognize the Monarch Butterfly, which are considered to be among one of the most familiar in North America due to their recognizable black, orange, and white patterns. They were also amazing sites to see during their fall migration and known for being frequent visitors of butterfly gardens.
Did you know the Monarch Butterfly is on the endangered list? As an adult, have you realized you don’t see as many of them during their migration that you used to see when you were a child? Do you know why they’re endangered? If you want to learn more about these butterflies, you’ll certainly want to be in attendance at this workshop.
Dotson will be on hand to teach you more about the monarch, as well as the importance of milkweed, which is one of the only foods their larvae will eat, and some ways you can possibly help their numbers to grow. With their numbers dwindling fast, it’s good for youth and adults alike to learn more about them and what more can be done to help them grow in numbers again.
Again, this Monarchs, Milkweed & More workshop by Jean Dotson, with the Big Country Chapter of Texas Master Naturalists, will be hosted on Friday, September 23 at 4:00PM and all ages are welcome. For more information, contact Heather Carter at 325-676-6025, and be sure to follow all of our upcoming events online at www.abilenetx.gov/apl/EventsCal.