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BVAS Monthly Meeting and Program: Monarch Butterflies with Bill Toone of Ecolife
October 18, 2017 @ 7:00 PM - 8:30 PMFree
Butterflies draw our attention and elicit our delight like few other animals. Lighter than air, these flashes of light and color are the most welcome of visitors. But one species stands out. And not just for its appearance. October’s presentation will introduce us to the amazing biology and journey of the eastern population of monarch butterflies. It is without question a unique migratory phenomenon. The monarch butterfly is the only insect that migrates and this is the only migration that requires more than one generation to complete. Sadly, however, this rarity is in danger. Monarchs are threatened both in the U.S., by agricultural development and pesticides, and in Mexico, by deforestation at their overwintering sites. This story is not just about a butterfly but its tenuous relationship with people.
Our guide for the evening is Bill Toone, a wildlife biologist and founder of ECOLIFE Conservation, an organization based on the premise that people and their environments are inextricably joined. In other words, one cannot work to save endangered species or endangered places without working to protect and improve the lives of the people who live near them.
Join us as Bill Toone shares insights into one of nature’s poorly understood and critically threatened miracles.
For more information on Ecolife: https://www.ecolifeconservation.org/about-us/
Social: 6:30 p.m. Program: 7:00 p.m.