Mindful for Monarchs
The sanctuary’s mature fields and meadows, full with milkweed, create the perfect environment to study insects and especially the New England Monarch Butterflies. Sometimes referred to as the “super monarch,” they will live for up to 8 months, as compared to the typical 1 month life span, as they prepare for their migration to Mexico. Monarch butterfly populations are on the decline due largely to habitat loss. Join us at the Sanctuary and learn how to make a difference for this and other butterfly and insect species.
We will be fluttering through the Sanctuary fields learning how to sweep the meadow to ID different insects, using aerial nets to catch, handle and identify dragon flies as well as how to catch, handle and tag Monarch butterflies. Our aquatic pool will provide participants an opportunity to use aquatic nets and trays to ID invertebrates such as dragonfly nymphs, damselfly nymphs and caddisfly nymphs.
Create your own Monarch catepillar to take home with you to remember all you learned and remind you to care for these “super” butterflies.
Sandy Hook resident, Sandy Schill will discuss the Monarch Butterfly as well as demonstrate how to tag and release them back to their natural habitat. Sandy has been involved in raising Monarch Caterpillars for over 12 years. She started out collecting them as a fun summer project to do with her young daughter and it evolved into her becoming an expert on raising, tagging and releasing Monarch Butterflies. As a Summer Camp Volunteer at Bent of the River Audubon in Southbury, she shared her knowledge, educating campers on the amazing Monarch. Sandy has also volunteered with us at the Catherine Violet Hubbard Butterfly Party event sharing her knowledge and encouraging people to get involved by planting native milkweed in their gardens.Currently involved in the Monarch Watch Calendar Project , she tracks and reports the appearance of Monarchs in her area. By obtaining special tags that are carefully applied to the wings of Monarch Butterflies in the fall, Sandy is providing valuable information in tracking their migration to Mexico. As owner of Sandra Lynn Photography with a studio located in Monroe, CT she uses her photography to capture the beauty of these caterpillars and butterflies and specializes in newborn, maternity and family portraits.
Please register at the link below.