2019 Monarch moments & 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 MORE topics such as pollinators, gardening with raised beds, and other Monarch-friendly gardening techniques. These programs are free and all are invited to attend.

Butterflies & 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 lead by Betsy Burgeson, Supervisor of Landscapes and Gardens 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 previous Monarch Moments seasons, 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 Monarch Moments and More! All programs are free.

Why do Monarchs Matter?

Monarchs are a bellwether for many other species.   They serve as indicators of bio-diversity 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 chautauquabtg@gmail.com

2018 At-A-Glance
12:15 SmithWilkes Hall

Week 2
Becky Nystrom "Beaver Believin’ and Wonders of the Wetlands.

Week 3
Sharon Metcalf &Friends
“Bee Keeping”

MONDAY July 15
Week 4
Lori Stralow Harris
”Stemming Monarch Population Loss”

MONDAY July 22
Week 5
Dr John Wenzel
“Digital Tools for Natur”

MONDAY July 29
Week 6
Mike McGrath
"Insect Eating Allies"

MONDAY August 5
Week 7
Betsy Burgeson
“Masterpiece of Modern Times Shopman Garden”