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Upcoming Meeting
June 1, 2017


by Mary Lenahan

Monarch 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 to Mexico.

Presenter Mary 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 pollinators.

The doors open at 6:30, and the meeting begins at 7 PM.

We meet in The Hunting Shanty
Tuckerton Seaport
120 W. Main St., Tuckerton, NJ