A Monarch’s Journey
May 1 - October 31
We released our first three butterflies this year on July 17, 2019 –
one lovely female and two handsome males!
Join us while we follow the life cycle of the monarch butterfly. We will follow their journey from egg to caterpillar to chrysalis to adult butterfly. We will talk about how they grow through these stages, how long they live, what they eat and much, much more!
Each fall, hundreds of millions of monarch butterflies migrate from North America to mountains in central Mexico where they wait out the winter until conditions favor a return flight in the spring. The monarch migration is truly one of the world’s greatest natural wonders yet it is threatened by habitat loss.
Visit our Butterfly Garden which is a work in progress. Butterfly Gardens are places that provide resources (milkweed, nectar sources, water, shade, host plants and protection) necessary for monarch butterflies to produce successive generations and sustain their migration. There is concern because milkweeds and nectar sources are declining due to development and the widespread use of herbicides in croplands, pastures and roadsides.
“Hi, my name is Betsy Schneck and I started my interest in Monarchs about 8 years ago. My interest became a passion which became an obsession! I find it impossible to walk by a milkweed plant without flipping the leaf over and looking for an egg or caterpillar. My other passion is getting others to have the same love for the monarch as I do, and to get the same thrill in watching the metamorphosis from egg to butterfly. The Monarch population is dwindling because of loss of habitat so I feel it’s up to all of us to help to restore that in our own yards and prairies. Less than 10% of eggs survive to become adult butterflies in the wild.
Over 90% survive if raised indoors! So learning about what plants attract Monarchs and the different varieties of milkweed (the ONLY plant where they lay their eggs) to create your own habitat is very important, and then how to raise them successfully. Once you witness your first egg hatch and eat…and eat…and EAT! (Think of the book “The Very Hungry Caterpillar”), form the chrysalis and then days later a beautiful butterfly….you can’t help but be hooked!”
WATCH FOR FURTHER DETAILS AS THEY BECOME AVAILABLE ABOUT LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES AND BUTTERFLY RELEASES.