ASHEVILLE NC – The Cradle of Forestry invites the public to attend the “Bring Back the Monarchs” program on Sunday, Sept. 21 at 2 p.m. in the Forest Discovery Center.
Noted naturalist and educator Ina Warren will present this lively multimedia program with assistance from master gardener Joyce Pearsall. Both presenters are official conservation specialists with the Monarch Watch program at the University of Kansas.
The program will cover biology basics of the monarch’s life cycle and annual migration. The event offers information on threats these butterflies face in central Mexico in the winter as well as in their summer breeding habitat in the United States. Additionally, the program will cover the importance of their sole larval food source, milkweeds. Discussions will include the technique of tagging monarchs, sharing ideas for raising monarchs in the classroom and at home, and ways to grow native milkweeds and other native nectar-rich plant species for establishing Monarch Waystations vital to monarch survival. A tour of the Cradle’s Monarch Waystation will be offered after the presentation.
Admission to the Cradle of Forestry is $5 for adults and free for youth under 16 years of age. America the Beautiful and Golden Age passes are honored with free admission. The Cradle of Forestry is located on Hwy. 276 in the Pisgah National Forest, six miles north of Looking Glass Falls and four miles south of the Blue Ridge Parkway milepost 412. For more information, call 828-877-3130 or go to www.cradleofforestry.org. For information on the Monarch Watch program visit www.monarchwatch.org. Click here for information about the role of butterflies and other pollinators in plant reproduction.