Learn to raise monarch butterflies at Audubon

Date(s) - Thursday, Jul 24, 2014
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Audubon Center & Sanctuary


You can learn how to successfully raise monarch butterfly caterpillars and help restore a population of butterflies that is quickly disappearing from our landscape.

The Audubon Center & Sanctuary will present a workshop on “Raising Monarchs: How You Can Help a Species in Decline” from 7-9 p.m. Thursday, July 24 at the center,   1600 Riverside Road, one-quarter mile east of Route 62 between Jamestown, New York, and Warren, Pennsylvania.

Monarch butterflies virtually disappeared from this region last summer. Habitat destruction in the Midwest combined with droughts to decimate the population, which has dropped 97 percent from what it was a decade ago.

Monarch butterfly eggs and caterpillars are eaten by many things in the wild, from ants to bugs to spiders. Only about six out of every 100 eggs laid in the wild survive to be butterflies. Carefully raising some eggs inside can help increase the monarch butterfly population.

This class will show you how and where to find monarch butterfly eggs and caterpillars, as well as how to raise them to adulthood. Depending on the local monarch butterfly population and the success of Audubon’s breeding program, you may be able to take a caterpillar home to care for.

The workshop will be led by Audubon Senior Naturalist Jeff Tome. Tome has been raising and caring for monarch caterpillars for the last 10 years. An organizer of Audubon’s Monarch Butterfly Festival, he puts a lot of time into monarch butterfly raising through the summer months, hoping that successfully rearing monarch butterflies will help restore their population.

Class size is limited. While geared to adults and older children, the program is available to all ages.

Cost for the class is $16 for the public, $12 for Friends of the Nature Center and children 3-12, and free for children 2 and under.

Paid reservations are required by Monday, July 21, and can be made by calling (716) 569-2345 or clicking through “Raising Monarchs” at the Audubon site.