SEARSPORT — Friends of Sears Island will be hosting three free programs on monarch butterflies with Serena Cole in September. Two programs geared for adults will be held 3-5 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 11 and 2-4 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 18. The kids event (6-12) will be held 4-5:30 p.m. Due to the popularity of these programs and the need to limit the amount of people walking in the milkweed field, advance registration will be required for each of these three programs this year. Please register online at friendsofsearsisland.org.
During these programs, Cole will teach program attendees about monarch life cycles, habitat, migration patterns, and will lead a hike to the milkweed field on Sears Island, a certified Monarch Waystation. At the field, participants will have the opportunity to look for butterflies and carefully net and assist with tagging them as part of the Monarch Watch program, which tracks the annual butterfly migration. Please note that seeing and catching monarchs cannot be
Serena Cole has been a biology and environmental educator for 30 years. She has led student science groups to Costa Rica and been involved with citizen science projects at Schoodic Point Educational Research Center. Sears Island is on Sears Island Road off Route 1 just east of Searsport. Registered participants should park along the causeway at the end of the road and meet at the island gate.
Bring water and a snack and dress for walking through woods and fields. Please leave your pets at home. In the event of rain, the programs will be rescheduled. For more information and updates, visit friendsofsearsisland.org or facebook.com. To learn more about Monarch Watch, visit monarchwatch.org.