Sept. 5 Morning Meeting — Where Have All the Monarchs Gone?

Presented by Donna Miller

Donna Miller of Petals in the Pines is a citizen scientist for Monarch Watch

Once a common site during the late summer in New Hampshire, the monarch butterfly has been on the decline. Donna Miller, citizen scientist for Monarch Watch, will discuss the incredible details of the monarch butterfly life cycle, its amazing migration, the reason for its decline, and what we can do to help.

Come learn how Donna and other researchers assist Monarch Watch by tagging and tracking the butterflies during their fall migration. Find out how you can help monarchs by starting your own milkweed patch and butterfly habitat. The presentation may include a “rearing tent” with live caterpillars and chrysalises to view, but only if monarchs are plentiful this season.

Donna and her husband run a diverse garden operation in Canterbury, NH known as Petals in the Pines, which consists of 25 different theme gardens. She’ll share slides of her “Monarch Way Station” and “Monarch Maternity Ward,” two gardens designed specifically to attract monarchs.

Morning Meetings are held at the Messiah Lutheran Church, 303 Route 101, Amherst, NH.

Meetings begin at 9:00 a.m. with social time, followed by a business meeting at 9:15 a.m.

Following the business meeting, there is a short refreshment break. The program/speaker begins at 10:30 a.m. and goes until 11:30 a.m.

Guests are welcome to attend the business meeting as well as the program at no charge.

The photos below were provided by club member Tina Summers. They capture the life cycle of the monarch, as played out in Tina’s backyard milkweed patch. In college Tina wrote a paper about the decline of monarch butterflies and the efforts to help them.