Friday, April 10, 2015 6pm

Monarchs and Milkweed


Monarch_on_MilkweedDue to a 97% decline in the numbers of migrating Monarchs over the last 20 years, there is a high concern for the future of this species. The monarch butterfly, once common across the United States, could soon end up on the Endangered Species List. Over a Lowcountry Boil dinner catered by Bowen’s Island Restaurant, you will hear about the Monarch’s extraordinary migration, and learn what you can do to help save this species.

The evening will begin with biologist, Billy McCord, who will discuss the natural history of Monarchs, threats to their survival, research methods (he has tagged over 24,000 Monarchs in coastal SC!) and current conservation practices.

Author Mary Alice Monroe will then speak about her book, “The Butterfly’s Daughter” which is a story about a woman’s journey that follows the path of migrating monarchs across the United States to Mexico. “They will honor the memory of [a] beloved woman by standing in the Sacred Circle to witness the spectacular, glittering river of orange monarchs descend from the sky to return home. If they can share in this age-old ritual, perhaps they will be able to find their way back to love, and take their place in the enduring cycle of life.”

Learn more about the League’s work on Monarch habitat rehabilitation here.



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