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Speaker Series: Butterflies in Your Backyard
August 17 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Date: August 17, 2019
Time: 10:30 a.m.
Speaker: Brad Nelson
This program will introduce basic information about butterflies and some of the species common in our area with a focus on the Monarch butterfly. Brad will discuss the Monarchs life cycle, different types of milkweed common in our area, and which milkweeds are more likely to attract Monarchs. He will also provide gardening techniques that will help attract Monarchs, describing specific types of plants that are best for the enticing them and which are better to help perpetuate the species. The presentation will also include explanation of migration routes and when to expect Monarchs in this area.
Brad has been involved with Monarch Watch, the University of Kansas tagging program, for the last 5 years. He raises Monarchs from January to September, a culmination of a release of about 150 tagged butterflies that will journey to Mexico.