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Mid-Atlantic Monarch Initiative
Workshops Series:

The Mid-Atlantic Monarch Initiative, a partnership led by Environmental Concern (EC), is pleased to present an educational workshop series on Monarch butterflies.  This series will offer homeowners an opportunity to learn more about this important North American “Near Threatened” Species.


Workshop Descriptions:

Milkweed for Monarchs:

Participants will learn about the Monarch butterfly, and the dependence of the Monarch caterpillars on native milkweed for survival. Tips for plant selection and habitat creation techniques will be discussed. These important tips will support the creation of Monarch habitat restoration projects on the Eastern Shore. Participants will tour EC’s Nursery where milkweed and other pollinator-friendly plants are grown for use in rain gardens, butterfly and polinator gardens, and all of our restoration projects.

July 26, 2017
6:30 to 7:30 PM
Environmental Concern, St Michaels, MD

Pre-registration is required.  A $10 donation is suggested. To register please use the PayPal link
or call 410-745-9620 or email teachwetlands@wetland.org


Spectaculat Summer Butterflies
at Pickering Creek

Summer is the perfect time to marvel at elegant, vibrant butterflies! Join Pickering Creek staff and butterfly experts Theresa Murray and Frank Boyle on a summer butterfly walk. Learn about identifying features of these exquisite insects and observe the beautiful blooming plants that bring them in.

Theresa Murray has been learning about butterflies and their life cycles over the past 20 years. She currently maintains gardens with nectar plants and host plants for several butterflies including monarchs. Frank Boyle is a naturalist and butterfly specialist from Rohrersville, MD. He leads several NABA (North American Butterfly Association) annual 4th of July butterfly counts in Maryland and the mountains of Virginia. He has been chasing and gardening for butterflies for 23 years.

Saturday August 12, 2017
10:30 AM to 12:30 PM
Pickering Creek Audubon Center, Easton, MD

$10 per person

To register for this workshop please call 410-822-4903 or send an email to pickeringcreek@audubon.org.


Citizen Science - Tracking Monarchs

To be rescheduled

Pre-registration is required.  A $10 donation is suggested. To register please use the PayPal link
or call 410-745-9620 or email teachwetlands@wetland.org


Monarch Rearing

September 8, 2017 during EC's Native Plant Sale
10 to 11 AM
Environmental Concern, St Michaels, MD

Pre-registration is required.  A $10 donation is suggested. To register please use the PayPal link
or call 410-745-9620 or email teachwetlands@wetland.org


Late Season Nectar Sources for Monarchs

September 9, 2017 during EC's Native Plant Sale
10 to 11 AM
Environmental Concern, St Michaels, MD

Pre-registration is required.  A $10 donation is suggested. To register please use the PayPal link
or call 410-745-9620 or email teachwetlands@wetland.org


Mt. Cuba Monarch Tagging Workshop:

Experience the magnificent monarch butterfly migration as they venture south to Mexico for the winter. Learn how to net and tag monarchs in an effort to collect vital information on the pathways taken by migrating monarchs, the influence of weather on the migration, and the survival rate of the butterflies. Join Mt. Cuba Center and Environmental Concern educators and participate in this nation-wide effort to ensure monarch conservation strategies are helping prevent the extinction of this important pollinator.

September 16, 2017
10AM to 12 PM
Mt. Cuba Center, Hockessin, DE

To register for this workshop please visit the Mt. Cuba website.

Registration fee is $30


Tag Monarchs at Pickering Creek!

Join Pickering Creek Audubon Center naturalists for Monarch butterfly tagging on two dates in September. Witness the incredible migration of the monarch while exploring the trails on the 410-acre wildlife sanctuary. Participate in the University of Kansas’s widespread Monarch Watch tagging program and learn how to protect monarch habitat in your backyard or community!

September 13, 2017
4:30 to 6 PM
Pickering Creek Audubon Center, Easton, MD

September 20, 2017 (rain date September 21, 2017
4:30 to 6 PM
Pickering Creek Audubon Center, Easton, MD

Participants are encouraged to dress for the weather, wear good walking shoes and bring sunscreen, insect repellent and water.

To register for this workshop please call 410-822-4903 or send an email to /strong> pickeringcreek@audubon.org.


Previously offered workshops:

Life Cycle of the Monarch Butterfly:

Participants will learn about the Monarch butterfly, one of the most beautiful of all of the North American Butterfly species. However, it isn’t just another pretty face. It has fascinating characteristics and abilities that no other butterfly on earth can claim. Participants will learn all about the complete metamorphosis of the Monarch butterfly and will be able to get “up close and personal” with each stage – from egg, larva, pupa, to adult.


Magnificent Monarchs Workshop

Please join Chesapeake Wildlife Heritage staff to tag and learn about the migrating habits of Monarch Butterflies.  Participants will learn about the life cycle of the Monarch and help scientists from around the continent track the astounding generational migration of the Monarchs.  This workshop is free to the public but space is limited.


Adventure into the World of the Monarch Butterfly

Please join Environmental Concern staff for a kid-friendly adventure into the world of the Monarch Butterfly! Learn about the butterfly’s life cycle and magnificent migration.  See live Monarch eggs, caterpillars, chrysalides, and adult butterflies!  Hold a caterpillar!  Participate in a “metamorphosis craft” and take your new friend home!


Native Plants for Happy Pollinators:

Beautiful gardens and landscapes can be designed to enhance your property value as well as provide beneficial habitat to declining populations of bees, bats, and butterflies. Participants will leave with a working knowledge of local native plants and pollinators and how to enhance your garden for their needs.


Migrating Towards Extinction:

Hanging in the balance of their very existence, the majestic and legendary Monarch butterfly continues to make headlines. This program aims to bring to light the latest news on conservation efforts, threats to the population, and what local organizations and school groups are doing to help. Join Sean McGuinn, Outdoor Educator from Arlington Echo, as he shares his expertise and great videos at Arlington Echo Outdoor Center in Millersville.


Journey North— Become a Monarch Scientist at Home:

Elizabeth Howard from Journey North joins EC remotely from Vermont as a special guest speaker.  Learn how to track monarch data from the comfort of your home while contributing to a global  study of wildlife migration and seasonal change with Journey North.  Join the movement and become a citizen monarch scientist.   


Butterfly Gardening:


Milkweed Planting Workshop:


Best Management Practices for
Weed & Pest Control

Participants will gain an understanding of the importance of using integrating pest management practices and techniques for your garden. Make a difference by using herbicides properly. Help improve the water quality and the health of the Chesapeake Bay by making smart gardening decisions.


Why Natives?

The true justification for cultivating native plants lies in the interaction between plants and their ecosystem. To call a species native implies complex relationships with the regional ecosystem. We will explore a worldview that will challenge how you see and interact with both the cultivated and unmanaged ecosystems.

 


Monarch caterpillar
Monarch caterpillar

Workshops for 2017:

WORKSHOP
Jan 21 Native Plants for Happy Pollinators
Feb 8 Migrating Towards Extinction
March 8 Journey North - Become a Monarch Scientist from Home
April 12 Butterfly Gardening
May 12 Milkweed Planting Workshop
May 13 Best Management Practices for Weed and Pest Control
June 14 Native Plants for Happy Pollinators
July 19 Why Natives?
July 26 Milkweed for Monarchs
Aug 12 Spectacular Butterflies at Pickering Creek
Rescheduled Citizen Science - Tracking Monarchs
Sept 8 Monarch Rearing
Sept 9 Late Season Nectar Sources for Monarchs
Sept 13 Tag Monarchs at Pickering Creek
Sept 16 Mt. Cuba Monarch Tagging Workshop
Sept 20 Tag Monarchs at Pickering Creek
Sept 21 RAIN DATE: Tag Monarchs at Pickering Creek

If you are interested in scheduleing a workshop or presentation please contact us.

Contact:

Jessica Lister
Environmental Concern Inc.
410-745-9620
monarchs@wetland.org



Butterfly milkweed seedlings
Butterfly milkweed seedlings in EC's nursery />



Workshop participant 
Participants at Monarch workshop



 

Brochure: Using Native Plants for Butterfly Gardens

Download this PDF brochure for species recommendations to create butterfly habitat.

Native Plants-Butterfly Gardens Brochure