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Week Eight: Monarch Moments

"Monarch Miracles: Taking You Places Beyond Your Imagination"
Speaker/Guide: Julie Alm Holland
Location: Smith Wilkes Hall

Julie Alm Holland has been raising monarchs for 15 years. The Chautauqua County native, now Ohio educator, tags and releases hundreds of them as part of an international effort to understand their migratory habits. Come share her passion for raising and tagging monarchs and learn how you can invite “miracle moments” into your life and the lives of others, and help to “bring back the monarchs”.

Julie Alm Holland is a native of Jamestown, graduating from Jamestown High School, Jamestown Community College, and receiving her biology degree from St. Bonaventure University. She worked 10 years at Cummins Engine Chemistry Lab, where she met her husband, and they moved to Bay Village, OH. A job transfer eventually led them to a more rural setting in Sylvania, OH where milkweed was plentiful. Her sister, JCC Biology professor Janis Bowman, gave her that first monarch caterpillar to share with her son's kindergarten class back in 1999, and she has been raising them every year since then. She has tagged about a thousand monarchs, starting in 2005, and 4 of them have been recovered in Mexico to date. With a promotion, they were able to return to Bay Village with their two sons in 2000, where Julie began working in elementary school libraries, and that allowed her the opportunity to share the "monarch moments" with all of those students. This led to unexpected events of presenting nature center programs, writing children's books, and being a researcher for the documentary film "Muerte Es Vida". She has released monarchs with cancer patients, those who are grieving, special needs students, and friends and neighbors from ages 2 to 92! Her passion is to continue to help the monarchs and our environment, and to serve as a messenger of the miracle of monarchs with many more people. God has created and sent these amazing winged wonders to us, which are so important in the world of nature, but also lift our spirits and serve as a sign of comfort and hope and often can lead us to places beyond our imagination. 

Earlier Event: August 11
Week Seven: Nature Walk
Later Event: August 14
Week Eight: Lake Walk