Monarch butterflies once fluttered through the United States by the billions, but what’s happening to them now is nothing short of a massacre according to The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The USFWS estimates that just in recent years another billion have vanished, leaving a sad population in the 10’s of millions. It happened as farmers and homeowners sprayed herbicides on milkweed plants, which serve as the butterflies’ nursery, food source, and home.
Sarah Glenn, a 4th grade teacher at Huntsville Intermediate School, champions the monarch cause. She has been a participant in the North American Monarch Institute which has a concentrated curriculum consisting of a dizzying array of monarch butterfly-related subjects. Why are Glenn and others so passionate about the monarch? Its days may be numbered. The International Union for Conservation of Nature has designated the monarch migration a “threatened phenomenon”.
Glenn will speak at Hobbs State Park on her pet subject. The presentation will cover the monarch’s migration and life cycle, school gardens, plus programs and conservation of habitat.
Where: Hobbs State Park visitor center located on Hwy 12 just east of
the Hwy 12/War Eagle Road intersection.
When: Saturday October 29, 2016 - 2:00 p.m.
For more information call: 479-789-5000 This program is a continuation of the Friends of Hobbs Speaker Series. To learn more about upcoming Friends of Hobbs speakers and other park programs, go to the web site: http://www.friendsofhobbs.com/