Extension invites monarch butterfly lovers to learn how to improve habitat

Monarch butterflies along the Flint Hills Nature Trail. Photo thanks to Kareen King.

The Frontier Extension District will host a public meeting on building a habitat for monarch butterflies. The meeting will be at 6:30 p.m. March 8, 2018, at Celebration Hall, West 17th St, Ottawa, Kan., located next to the fairgrounds.

Sarah Zukoff, an assistant professor from K-State Southwest Research and Extension Center located in Garden City, will discuss Monarch behavior and migration, plants to plant to build butterfly habitat, and how to keep pollinators around.

“What’s prettier than a million butterflies migrating south for the winter, or [have you] wondered about the impact they have on our landscapes?” said Ryan Schaub, ANR horticulture agent. “I’m sure that you have heard the horror stories about what will happen if butterflies just disappeared. Well those horror stories could become a reality if we don’t do something, and yes everyone can help. You might be asking how can I help, I don’t have hundreds or thousands of acres? While that may be true, small scale restoration efforts will be crucial to the success of the monarch butterfly. Yes, large scale habitats will be needed but we have to start somewhere.”

Anyone interested in learning how to make a difference for pollinators is invited to the meeting.

For more information, contact Schaub at 785-448-6826 or email at [email protected].

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