‘Magical Monarch Migration and Life History of the Monarch Butterfly’

Posted Jan. 23, 2014, at 12:31 p.m.
Bonnie Chase
Bonnie Chase

Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014 2 p.m. to 2 p.m.

Location: Southwest Harbor Library, Southwest Harbor, Maine

For more information: 244-7065

SOUTHWEST HARBOR, Maine — Millions upon millions of monarch butterflies migrate from Maine to their ancestral home in Michoacán, Mexico, every year but, alarmingly, last year only 60 million were counted; the lowest number ever recorded.

In prime years, they number more than 450 million. Where have all the monarchs gone? Bonnie Chase, naturalist and monarch butterfly researcher, will present a slide show and tell the tale of the most amazing insect migration on Earth at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 1, at Southwest Harbor Public Library. Her talk will include ways we can help ensure the survival of these beautiful butterflies in a perilous time for the species.

 Chase holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and a Master’s Degree in Environmental Science and Education. She worked for the Cora Hartshorn Arboretum and Bird Sanctuary for 21 years where she was executive director, education director, and senior naturalist. She has studied extensively the habits of monarch butterflies in the Amazon rain forest and Mexico. She was also the recipient of the prestigious Abernathy Hull Award for the Outstanding Environmental Educator in the United States.

This free program will be held in the Holmes Room at the Library. For more information, call the library at 244-7065.