Washington County Master Gardeners Bonnie Juran and Kris Tott will discuss “Saving the Monarch Butterflies and other Pollinators” at 6:30 p.m. June 19 at the Lake Elmo Library.
The pair will teach how to improve the environment by growing more milkweed and other steps to save the Monarch butterfly migration from extinction in Minnesota.
Juran has helped develop a butterfly habitat at Wilder Forest, organized the DNR program Neighborhood Wilds and has traveled with the Monarch Teacher’s Network to study the western migration of Monarchs. Both Juran and Tott have their own certified Monarch waystations in their backyards, and as citizen scientists, have raised and tagged hundreds of Monarch butterflies for research through programs at the universities of Minnesota and Kansas.
Through the use of a Power Point presentation and with handouts, they will teach increased awareness of our state butterfly and the endangered migration route it must pass to reach Minnesota. They will have a limited supply of milkweed plants for sale at the program.
This program is being held during National Pollinator Week, which celebrates the animals that help pollinate more than 75 percent of our flowering plants and crops.
Lake Elmo Public Library is located at 3537 Lake Elmo Avenue in Lake Elmo, 651-773-4926. For more information see the web site lakeelmopubliclibrary.org.