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Audubon Community Nature Center
Monarch Butterflies are born and raised on milkweed.
On Thursday evening, September 7, 2107, you can learn how to find their eggs and raise the caterpillars to adulthood, helping a species that has been disappearing from the local landscape.
Citizen scientists can then tag and release them to migrate to Mexico.
The 5:30-7:30 p.m. “Raising Monarchs” workshop will be held at the Fredonia Technology Incubator in Dunkirk.
Butterflies are fun to raise with kids, grandkids, or on your own, and this project can increase the local population of a butterfly that has been hard to find in recent times.
The class will go into the details of how to raise Monarch butterflies successfully, avoid common mistakes, and experience the joy of releasing butterflies.
This will be a sit-down, indoor workshop with live caterpillars and, if they are available, Monarch Butterfly eggs. Participants will get hands-on experience with handling and learning about the caterpillars and how to raise them.
The workshop will be at the Fredonia Technology Incubator, 214 Central Avenue, Dunkirk, NY 14048. Parking is in back.
Instructor Jeff Tome is a senior naturalist at the Nature Center who has raised and released Monarchs for 12 years.
Cost is $16, $12 for Nature Center members and children ages 9-15.
Class size is limited. Paid reservations are required by Tuesday, September 5, 2107, and can be made by calling (716) 569-2345 during business hours or online at the Programs page at auduboncnc.org.
This program is supported in part through a grant from the Northern Chautauqua Community Foundation.
This grant was made possible through generous community-minded donors who have established community benefit funds at the NCCF. Founded in 1986, the NCCF is committed to improving the community through the promotion of local philanthropy, strategic grant making and community leadership. The organization has distributed over 9.5 million dollars in the form of grants and scholarships within the community. Truly community in nature, the NCCF is an organization created by and for the people of northern Chautauqua County. For more information, visit nccfoundation.org or call (716) 366-4892.
Audubon Community Nature Center builds and nurtures connections between people and nature by providing positive outdoor experiences, opportunities to learn about and understand the natural world, and knowledge to act in environmentally responsible ways. Visit at 1600 Riverside Road, one-quarter mile east of Route 62 between Jamestown, New York, and Warren, Pennsylvania, or online at auduboncnc.org.