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Bringing Back the Monarch Butterfly (cancelled)

posted Feb 12, 2013, 6:22 AM by Brian Donahoe   [ updated Mar 4, 2013, 11:44 AM ]

Cancelled due to expected bad weather.

Meeting: Tuesday, March 5, 7:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.

Location:  College of Lake County Room T326-328 - Third Floor

19351 West Washington St.     Grayslake, IL 60030  

Best to park in the North parking lot, it is the closest to the T Building

For Directions: call (224)377-8201 

Families Welcome - - No fee - - No Registration required

(we now have milkweed growing in the Countryside Conservation Area)

"Monarch . . . Bringing Back America’s Most Beloved Butterfly" . . . with Pat Miller, Monarch Watch Conservation Specialist

The Monarch butterfly, a summer delight beloved by children and adults alike, is in trouble. Loss of habitat and its primary food source is plucking this iconic beauty from the sky.

The Monarch uses milkweed to raise and feed its young, and as a place to rest, hide from predators, and prepare for migration. But the decreasing availability of milkweed plants and the increased use of systemic insecticides are negatively affecting this beautiful butterfly, along with many other creatures.

Monarchs need friends who will help. Come and listen to Pat Miller, Conservation Specialist with Monarch Watch, University of Kansas, talk about current conservation work to help this beloved creature through the combined efforts of Monarch Watch, Wild Ones, Monarch Joint Venture, Xerces Society, and other organizations. Discover the magic of Monarch butterflies, their biology, their fascinating life cycle and their incredible annual migration. Understand why this miraculous migration is now considered an “endangered phenomenon”.

Come and learn about what people can do to “Bring Back the Monarchs.” Understand why milkweed plants are key to their survival. You will leave the evening more knowledgeable and inspired by the beauty and mystery of the Monarch butterfly.


B.S., Southern Illinois University Conservation Specialist, Monarch Watch, University of Kansas Master Gardener by the 

Pat has raised and tagged hundreds of butterflies each year and has made multiple trips to the Monarch butterfly overwintering sanctuaries in Mexico.University of Illinois Extension 
Master Naturalist by the University of Illinois Extension 
Plant Clinic Technician at the Morton Arboretum

Pat is a professional speaker, who presents Monarch programs to classrooms, garden clubs, libraries, and environmental groups throughout the Chicago area, reaching over a thousand people annually. Pat uses her knowledge of Monarchs to entice children and adults to spend more time outside and connect with nature. She encourages people to raise a butterfly from egg or caterpillar for the sheer pleasure of experiencing the miracle of nature.

Lake-to-Prairie is a chapter of Wild Ones, a national not-for-profit organization that promotes the use of native plants in landscapes.

For more information about Wild Ones or to join, contact Rick Sanders (224-377-8201 or 
See our web site for more information about upcoming events, past activities, and chapter contacts.