CURRENT STATUS OF MONARCH BUTTERFLIES
by Mary Lenahan
butterflies are in the news these days, whether it’s about a new law requiring
native plants along New Jersey highways or avocado orchards in Mexico
imperiling the butterflies’ winter sanctuary.
Come out on June 1 to the meeting of the Southern Ocean Birding Group to
discover more about this beautiful, magical and endangered insect. Examine the
life cycle of the Monarch and its only food source—milkweed. Learn how Monarchs
migrate over thousands of miles to the Transvolcanic Mountains to spend the
winter in the trees of their ancestors. Delve into the problems and the
ever-mounting dangers that Monarchs are facing, and learn what can be done to
help prevent this charismatic creature from becoming only a memory we can tell
our children or grandchildren about.
We are hoping
that native milkweed plants MAY be sold at the end of the meeting for a $2
donation each. Proceeds would go to Monarch Watch to help create a milkweed corridor
Lenahan has been studying the Monarch butterfly for many years. She is a member
of the Monarch Teacher Network, where she is a volunteer trainer. Mary is a
teacher in the Pleasantville School District and a naturalist at Edwin B.
Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge. She raises Monarchs in her classroom where
she shares her love and knowledge of this winged beauty. Ms. Lenahan encourages
others to plant milkweeds and native plants for butterflies and other
The doors open at 6:30, and the meeting begins at 7 PM.
We meet in The Hunting Shanty
120 W. Main St., Tuckerton, NJ