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Stewardship Talk this Thursday: Monarch Butterfly Ecology and Conservation

For our second Stewardship Talk of 2019 we are excited to host Dr. Nate Haan from Michigan State University for his talk, “Monarch Butterfly Ecology and Conservation.” The talk is free and will be this Thursday, February 7, 2019 at 6:30 pm at the Paint Creek Cider Mill, 4480 Orion Road, Rochester, MI 48306. Dr. Haan will share about monarch butterfly natural history and ecology, as well as some of the current research on their decline and what we can do to save them.

Monarch butterfly resting on a black-eyed susan.

Monarch butterflies are one of the most interesting and recognizable insects in the world. Every year they migrate thousands of miles, from our backyards in Michigan to mountains in central Mexico. They also have fascinating interactions with their toxic milkweed host plants. Unfortunately, monarchs have declined in recent decades and the overwintering population in Mexico is only around 20% of its former size.

The head of this monarch caterpillar is at the bottom as it nibbles buds of butterfly milkweed.

Hope to see you there!

Don’t miss it tonight! Botanist’s Perspective on Public Lands in Southern Michigan

TONIGHT, February 9  at 6:30 pm we are excited to host botanist and ecologist Jesse Lincoln for our next Stewardship Talk. While documenting natural communities for Michigan Natural Features Inventory, Jesse has walked rarely seen corners of public land in southern Michigan. Join us to learn about his discoveries, and threats to public land. Don’t miss this great opportunity to learn about our Michigan natural heritage!

Presentations starts at 6:30 pm at the Paint Creek Cider Mill, 4480 Orion Rd, Rochester, MI 48306. Hope to see you there!protectpublicland_presentation2017_flyer