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Learn How You Can Help Save Monarch Butterflies
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Learn How You Can Help Save Monarch Butterflies

Jamestown, NY – It is a sad fact that Monarch Butterflies populations are declining drastically.

On Friday morning, August 5, in a coffee shop-like setting at the Audubon Nature Center, you can learn about this unique insect and how to help increase its population by raising caterpillars.

Last year, there were 150% more Monarchs on their wintering ground than there were the year before.  Audubon naturalist Katie Finch, who will lead the 9:15-11:15 a.m. workshop, hopes some of those butterflies came from the Nature Center.

Audubon has been raising large numbers of Monarch Butterflies for 10 years and releasing them at the Monarch Butterfly Festival in August. This year’s Festival will be on Saturday, August 27.

At Working for Monarchs, you can discover how to be a part of the solution to help Monarchs continue to succeed. The program will cover the basics of the Monarch life cycle and demonstrate how to raise and care for caterpillars. Then the class will head outdoors to look for eggs and caterpillars on Audubon’s milkweed patches.

Participants need to dress for the weather and be prepared to walk for up to a mile. 

The fee for the workshop is $12 or $9 for Friends of the Nature Center and children ages 9-15.

Paid reservations are required by Monday, August 1: Call (716) 569-2345 during business hours to register and pay with a credit card or click on “Coffee Shop Series: Outdoor Fitness” at www.jamestownaudubon.org.

Outdoor Fitness is the third in the Nature Center’s August Coffee Shop Series. These programs encourage interactive discussion around a nature-based topic or activity.  Participants experience and learn together, and coffee, tea, and snacks are provided.

The other August Coffee Shop programs are Culinary Herb Container Gardening on Tuesday, August 2; Fairy Terrariums on Wednesday, August 3; and Working for Monarchs on Friday, August 5. Details are at the Program Listing at www.jamestownaudubon.org.

Nature Center education programs are funded with support from the Carnahan Jackson Foundation, Jessie Smith Darrah Fund, Holmberg Foundation, Hultquist Foundation, and Lenna Foundation.

The Audubon Nature Center is at 1600 Riverside Road, one-quarter mile east of Route 62 between Jamestown, New York, and Warren, Pennsylvania. Winter hours are over: Regular hours are again 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Monday-Saturday, and 1-4:30 p.m. Sundays. 

To learn more about the Nature Center and its many programs, call (716) 569-2345 or visit www.jamestownaudubon.org.

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