BTG’s “Monarchs and more” Mondays 12:15

This exciting series has an impressive lineup of speakers, so settle in with your lunch at Smith Wilkes Hall.  Monarch Moments are expanding to include topics such as pollinators, gardening with raised beds, and other Monarch-friendly gardening techniques. 

Butterflies and Blooms celebrates the efforts of home owners who have certified their gardens with Monarch Watch. Take a 'Certification Selfie' and pin your garden on either the map of the Chautauqua Grounds or the US map! 

Certified Monarch Watch Way Station are being established throughout the grounds as a collaborative effort between BTG, the Chautauqua Institution and home owners to create habitats for our butterflies. In concert with BTG’s newest initiative, Butterflies & Blooms, we’ll continue this effort each season, with the ultimate goal of certifying the entire Institution as a sanctuary for monarchs, the first in the nation!

During the Monarch Moments season, topics have included the plight and progress of the monarch butterfly.  We learned about this insect’s amazing migratory journey to and from the mountains of central Mexico and the perils it faces along the way. The monarch population remain dangerously low, due to factors like herbicide destruction of host and nectar plants, pesticide use, illegal logging in the monarchs’ overwintering grounds in Mexico, as well as non-human factors such as harsh weather and disease. 

Monarchpalooza!” the very popular hands-on monarch event at Lincoln Park, occurs biennially.  People of all ages will be able to hand-feed adult monarchs and interact with the species in every stage of its development. Milkweed plants will be available for purchase. The next Monarchpalooza! occurs in 2019.

Children, teens, and adults are welcome to learn how to be part of the solution to create healthy habitats for Monarchs and More!

Why do Monarchs Matter?

Monarchs are a bellwether for many other species.   They serve as indicators of biodiversity and their fragility makes them quick to react to external conditions such that their struggle to survive is a serious warning of environmental change.

Each monarch that dies due to human intervention—pesticides, herbicides, development, logging, and other factors—dies along with myriad other organisms that play a critical role in our food web.  By treating our environment more gently, respecting the creatures with which we call this earth home, we can continue to enjoy a rich, diverse, and functional natural world.  By eliminating even one critical link in the evolutionary chain that’s been built over millennia, we cheat ourselves and our descendants, not only of the wonder we enjoyed as children, but of our future understanding of the relationship between every creature and our world.

The BTG Monarch Team:

Members: Jack and Di Voelker, Roger and Judith Doebke, Caroline VanKirk Bissell, Chris Flanders, Angela James, Pari Tuthill,  Suzanne Aldrich, Adam Gollwitzer, chaired by Dr Lynda Acker, PhD.

Email monarch questions to our team at

2017 Monarch Moments At a Glance

MONDAY June 26
12:15-1:15 p.m.
Adam Gollwitzer
and Students

“Monarch Populations Beyond Eastern North America”

12:15-1:15 p.m.
Beth Stevens, Ph.D. "Every Milkweed Matters”

MONDAY July 10
12:15-1:15 p.m.
Lori Stralow Harris
“Tales from the Caterpillar Ranch

12:00-3:00 p.m.

MONDAY July 17
12:15-1:15 p.m.
Betsy Burgeson “Munchkins & Monarchs: Ways to Engage & Empower Kids of All Ages in Saving the Monarchs”

MONDAY July 24
12:15-1:15 p.m.
Sharon Metcalf
The Ethics of Gardening”

MONDAY July 31
12:15-1:15 p.m.
Jack and Diane Voelker "Following the Monarchs to Mexico"

MONDAY August 7
12:15-1:15 p.m.
John Wenzel, Ph.D. “2,500 Miles on a Wing and a Prayer: How Do Monarchs Do it, and Can They Continue?”

MONDAY August 14, 12:15-1:15 p.m.
Julie Alm Holland Monarch Miracles - Taking You Places Beyond Your Imagination"