Date: Saturday, August 22
Time: 10am – 1 pm
Location: TBA (field property Peterborough County)
Cost: $10 (information and field research only)
$15 (includes creation of a monarch rearing tent)
Join GreenUP this summer for a fascinating workshop and field study about Monarch Butterflies. Monarchs (Danaus plexippus) are a migratory species of butterfly entirely dependant on the milkweed plant for survival. Since March 2013, the North American population of Monarch butterflies has declined by 59%, the lowest recorded population status since 1975. (Monarch Watch 2014)
Monarch butterflies are an important indicator species because of their large habitat and migration range. During late fall in the Peterborough region, Monarchs begin their 4000 km migration journey to central Mexico’s Trans Volcanic Mountains to overwinter in the oyamel fir forests.
In this workshop, participants will learn about the life cycle and habitat of the Monarch butterfly, collect larvae, and help GreenUP gather data for two citizen science projects. Participants will also have the option to learn how to create a monarch rearing tent and witness the amazing metamorphosis from caterpillar to butterfly.
Registration is limited. Please contact Marcy at workshops(at)greenup.on.ca for more information and to register.