‘Following the Monarchs to Mexico’ presentation at Jamestown Audubon

Date(s) - Friday, Nov 07, 2014
11:00 am

Audubon Center & Sanctuary


“Following the Monarchs to Mexico” will be the topic at the First Friday Lunch Bunch to be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 7 at at the Audubon Center & Sanctuary, 1600 Riverside Rd., one-quarter mile east of Route 62 between Jamestown, NY, and Warren, PA.

Following the program, coffee and tea will be provided for a BYO brown bag lunch. The fee for attending is $8 for the public or $6 for Friends of the Nature Center. Reservations are not required.

At the end of their autumn migration, almost every monarch butterfly east of the Rocky Mountains ends up clustered in the Oyamel Fir forests high in the mountains of Mexico. Jack and Diane Voelker will recount their journey to the mountains of Mexico in search of the migrating monarch butterflies.

The Voelkers have a long-time interest in monarchs. As they watched the population plummet last year, they decided to visit Mexico before the phenomenon of monarch migration disappeared from North America.

Through their personal stories and beautiful images, the Voelkers will talk about the monarch life-cycle, this remarkable migration, and the remote area of Mexico that is home to millions of monarchs each winter. They will also discuss the threats to the migration and to monarch habitats, and what efforts are being made to meet these threats.

Jack is retired as youth and recreation director at Chautauqua Institution, where he worked to plant milkweed – the only food of monarch caterpillars – on the golf courses. In 2012 he won the New York State Recreation and Parks Society’s highest honor, the Distinguished Service Award. Diane is a retired registered nurse.

They live in a pre-Civil War farmhouse on 68 acres on the Chautauqua Ridge where they maintain a large organic garden and a quarter-acre hopyard.