Summer Monarch Butterfly and Milkweed Events: Tues. August 11th & Wed. August 12th, 2015
Help the Monarch
Butterfly population rebound on the Islands of Casco Bay
DID YOU KNOW:
The Chebeague & Cumberland Land Trust and Oceanside Conservation Trust of Casco Bay have joined hundreds of schools, universities, other conservation organizations and citizen scientists throughout North America in an effort to restore migrating monarch butterflies, those iconic, nearly miraculous signs of summer. Not so many years ago, you could stand in your yard on Chebeague, Peaks and other islands of Casco Bay and watch dozens of these delicate beauties flutter by. Now you might see only one or two all summer. The primary cause of this alarming decline is the monarch’s dwindling habitat, namely eradication of milkweed plants. Milkweed is the only plant on which monarchs successfully lay their eggs and, since 2000, over 180 million acres of this habitat have been lost, a 30 percent loss!
HOW YOU CAN HELP:
In August, Chebeague & Cumberland Land Trust and Oceanside Conservation Trust of Casco Bay are sponsoring a pair of programs to describe the monarchs’ life cycle, migration patterns, and their reliance on milkweed for survival. The programs also will highlight how island residents can assist by planting milkweed and by eradicating the invasive swallowwort weed. We invite you to join us on Chebeague Island or Peaks Island this summer for a Monarch & Milkweed event featuring a presentation by Harry Pringle, a summer resident of Little Diamond Island, OCT Board member and a passionate amateur expert on monarch butterflies. Harry will discuss what we can do to enhance monarch habitat in our own backyards and on conservation land.
CHEBEAGUE ISLAND EVENT:
Date: Wednesday, August 12, 2015
Time: 1:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Location: Chebeague Island Hall Community Center - 247 South Road and at an island milkweed field
FMI: Carl Tubbesing via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
PRESENTATION - Harry Pringle: "Monarchs from Casco Bay to Mexico - the Marvelous Migration. What can we do to enhance monarch habitat in our own backyards and on conservation land?" Additional remarks by Mary Holman, "Eradicating Black Swallowwort Weed, a Chebeague threat to Monarchs."