If you are interested in butterfly gardening, preservation of pollinators, or just enjoying the annual migrations of the incredible Monarch Butterfly, the University of Florida/IFAS Walton County Extension is presenting an entertaining educational program on Monarchs in Northwest Florida and creating garden spaces for butterflies in your yard. Two lectures will be offered: “Monarch Mysteries and Other Butterfly Tales,” “Save a Place for Butterflies.”
The event will be held at the UF/IFAS Walton County Extension Office, 732 N 9th St. in DeFuniak Springs on Friday, Sept. 22 from 1 pm – 3:30 pm CST.
Topics covered will include ecology and migration of Monarchs, the role Northwest Florida plays in Monarch migration, milkweed species preferred by butterflies and the latest milkweed research, creating a permanent habitat in your yard to support many North Florida butterfly species and creating butterfly havens in your yard with trees, shrubs and perennials.
Presenters will be Scott Allen Davis, Refuge Ranger, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and MaryAnn Friedman, Western Panhandle Regional Coordinator for the FWC Research Grant to document and map vulnerable species for the Florida Natural Areas Inventory (FNAI).
For more information and to register for the program, please contact Cheryl Cosson at (850) 892-8172 or [email protected]. Cost of the program is $10 and is payable by cash or check only.