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Learn How to Raise Butterflies at Audubon
Learn How to Raise Butterflies at Audubon

Jamestown, NY – Would you like to learn how to raise a monarch butterfly caterpillar from egg to adult, identify their milkweed food and take home caterpillars to raise for Audubon’s August Monarch Butterfly Festival?

The Audubon Center and Sanctuary is offering a workshop on “How to Raise a Monarch” on Thursday evening, July 26, 6-8 p.m.

Once you learn the basics of how to care for them, monarch butterfly caterpillars are fairly easy to raise. This workshop will teach how to find their food, what care they need, and how to successfully rear them.  Those who take home caterpillars to raise to butterflies for the Monarch Festival on Saturday, August 25, will receive two passes to the Festival in exchange for their butterflies.

The workshop will be co-led by Audubon’s beloved “Monarch Mama,” Barbara Case, and Senior Naturalist Jeff Tome. 

Case has been raising, tagging and releasing monarchs for more than 40 years. She has been the key person in raising butterflies for the Monarch Butterfly Festival each year. 

Tome has been interested in monarchs since raising and releasing 200 butterflies at his wedding, which was the inspiration for Audubon’s first monarch event in 2005.

The workshop will be at the Audubon Center and Sanctuary, 1600 Riverside Road, off Route 62 between Jamestown and Warren.

Most of the program will be held inside. Hands-on experience with monarch eggs, caterpillars and butterflies will be a part of the program. A short walk of 200 feet or so to find milkweed will be the only outdoor component.

Cost for the class is $10 for members, $12 for nonmembers. The class is limited to 25 people. Reservations (with payment) are required by Tuesday, July 24, 2012.

To register, call (716) 569-2345, email info@jamestownaudubon.org, or use the on-line form by clicking on “Calendar of Programs/Events” under Quick Links at http://jamestownaudubon.org and following the links.

Audubon education programs are made possible in part through funding from the Johnson Foundation, the Carnahan Jackson Foundation, the Hultquist Foundation, and the Jessie Smith Darrah Fund.

For more information on this and other Audubon opportunities, call (716) 569-2345 or visit http://jamestownaudubon.org.

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