From 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, July 25, the Jamestown Audubon Center and Sanctuary is offering a workshop on raising Monarch butterflies.
Those participating can learn how to raise a Monarch from egg to adult, including how to identify milkweed, the caterpillar's only preferred food.
Participants will have the opportunity to take home caterpillars to raise for Audubon's Monarch Butterfly Festival on Saturday, Aug. 31.
“Raising Monarch Butterflies” is the subject of the Audubon Center & Sanctuary’s workshop on Thursday, July 25. Participants will be able to raise butterflies for Audubon’s popular Monarch Butterfly Festival in late August. Pictured is a Monarch Butterfly caterpillar on Butterfly Weed.
Monarch caterpillars are fairly easy to raise once people learn the basics of how to care for them. The workshop will teach how to find their food, what care they need and how to successfully rear them. Those who take home caterpillars to raise to adults for the Monarch Butterfly Festival will receive two passes to the festival in exchange for their butterflies.
The workshop will be led by Barbara Case, Audubon's "Monarch Mama." Case has been raising, tagging and releasing monarchs for more than 40 years.
The event will be primarily a sit-down program indoors.
Hands-on experience with Monarch eggs, caterpillars and butterflies will be a part of the program. A short walk of 200 feet or so to find milkweed will be the only outdoor component.
The workshop will be at the Audubon Center and Sanctuary, 1600 Riverside Road, one-quarter mile east of Route 62 between Jamestown and Warren.
The class is limited to 30 people. The cost is $14, $10 for Friends of the Nature Center and $5 for children.
Reservations with payment are required by Monday, July 22, and can be made by calling 569-2345 or clicking on the Program Listing link at jamestownaudubon.org.
Audubon education programs are made possible in part through funding from the Johnson Foundation, the Carnahan Jackson Foundation, the Hultquist Foundation and the Jessie Smith Darrah Fund.
For more information, call 569-2345 or visit jamestownaudubon.org.