Monarch butterfly populations have decreased 97 percent over the last ten years. A regular person's backyard can help them recover.
From 7-9 p.m. Wednesday, May 14, at the Audubon Center & Sanctuary, "Butterfly Activism: Turning Your Yard into a Butterfly Haven" will walk those interested through everything they need to know to create a place where butterflies thrive with a few simple plants and paying attention to basic butterfly needs.
While butterflies seem to appear like magic in some yards and to only fly through others, property owners can learn how to make the butterflies stay in their yard by providing the food, habitat and shelter they require for all stages of their lives.
You can learn how to create a home for the imperiled Monarch Butterfly and other butterflies in your own yard. On Wednesday evening, May 14, Audubon Senior Naturalist Jeff Tome will lead the workshop “Butterfly Activism: Turning Your Yard into a Butterfly Haven.” Tome photographed this Monarch on New England Asters.
The workshop will be indoors and will include a tour of Audubon's butterfly garden at the end.
Instructor Jeff Tome is a senior naturalist at the Audubon Center and Sanctuary. He became interested in butterflies while raising hundreds for his wedding. Since then, he has been working on turning his yard into a sanctuary for butterflies by planting the plants that butterflies need.
The fee is $16, or $12 for Friends of the Nature Center and children ages 9-15.
Paid reservations are required by Monday and can be made by calling 569-2345, stopping in or clicking through the Program Listing link at jamestownaudubon.org.
The Audubon Center & Sanctuary is at 1600 Riverside Road, a quarter-mile east of Route 62 between Jamestown and Warren. For more information, call 569-2345 or visit www.jamestownaudubon.org.