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Monarch Butterfly Migration-Cedar Rapids

Mon Aug 20, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM CST
Indian Creek Nature Center, 5300 Otis Road SE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52403 Map
Daisy, Brownie, Junior, Cadette, Senior, Ambassador
Many people in the U.S. and Canada are passionate about protecting North America’s monarch butterfly migration, but what happens once the monarchs reach their overwintering grounds in Mexico? Join us for a fun and educational evening visiting with Dr. Ellen Sharp, at the Indian Creek Nature Center. Dr. Sharp is a cultural anthropologist who lives in a tiny town at the entry of the Cerro Pelon, a Monarch Butterfly Sanctuary where she and her husband run an ecotourism business. This talk will provide an overview of Mexico’s official conservation efforts and the on-the-ground reality of what ordinary Mexicans are doing to help this fragile phenomenon to survive. 

Want to get involved on the local level? We will also have a member of the Linn County Master Gardeners and the Monarch Research Project joining us to share information about their 2018 Milkweed for Monarch Seed Harvest initiative. They are looking for individuals and groups who will help harvest milkweed seed pods this fall. They will provide instructions and places to find the milkweed pods, as well as a place to deliver your harvest. This would be a perfect service project or take action for Girl Scout troops on a local level! 

After the presentations, feel free to explore outside! There will be a craft table and a caterpillar observation station to enjoy. 

Grade Level: K-12, adults

Fee: free/all, $1/patch; Preregistration IS REQUIRED as space is limited! Please indicate how many “Save the Monarchs�? fun patches you would like during the registration process.Donations to Ellen’s group, Butterflies and Their People, are welcome and will be collected at the event. For just $10/day they can continue to pay a worker to patrol their butterfly sanctuary in Mexico!

Deadline: Sunday, August 19, 2018 (for patches only)

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