Invite a Monarch to Lunch - the Biology and Ecology of the Monarch Butterfly

- This event is a production of the Atlanta Science Tavern.
- Dinner starts at 7:00 pm.
- The evening's presentation begins around 7:45.
- Seating will be on a first-come-first-served basis.
- The capacity of the venue is 80 people.
- We expect a turnout of around 60% of day-of RSVPs.
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- There is a $3 contribution requested from non-students.
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Invite a Monarch to Lunch - the Biology and Ecology of the Monarch Butterfly

Trecia E. Neal
Biologist and Monarch Conservation Specialist
Fernbank Science Center

Photo courtesy of Trecia Neal.
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Pollinators have been in the news lately because of the dramatic drop in the numbers scientists and citizens have observed and reported data on for the last few years from some very interesting Citizen Science projects.  Monarchs are an iconic and well-loved species, the state insect of seven different states. The monarch is the only butterfly to make a two-way migration such as birds do. Currently, the migration is listed as “an endangered natural phenomena”. 

Our speaker Trecia Neal, Biologist and Monarch Conservation Specialist at Fernbank Science Center, will discuss the biology and ecology of the monarch, why the migration is endangered, as well as current conservation efforts and how you can help. She will have handouts for you to take home and live monarchs and milkweed available to observe.

About our speaker
Trecia Neal has been a biologist at Fernbank Science Center since 1990. Trecia’s areas of expertise are ornithology, environmental education, and establishing outdoor classrooms and gardens at schools. For the last ten years, she has been teaching students and teachers about the wonders of monarchs by teaching Professional Development courses in Michoacán, Mexico to study the biology and ecology of the Monarch butterfly in its overwintering habitat. Since returning from Mexico the first year, she has been busy spreading the word about monarchs across the state.

Trecia has a bachelor’s and master’s degree in biology with an emphasis in animal behavior and science education. Trecia has also worked to advise former First Lady Rosalyn Carter on what was needed to make her butterfly gardens best suitable for monarchs and help them get Waystation certified.

Please visit the butterfly trail at Fernbank Science Center, and add your gardens to the registry.

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  • Jackie

    Thoroughly enjoyed the the talk, wonderful presenter. Thanks!

    2 · August 24

    • Chato

      Hi Jackie, Good to see you!

      August 24

  • Beth

    Very well presented. Thank you for another great program.

    1 · August 24

  • Bill E.

    We almost skipped this one having seen several presentations on Monarchs recently; so glad we went. Excellent presenter, a lot of good new (for us) information and a heartfelt , well-reasoned, well-informed call to action. One of the best talks we've seen - Ms. Neal was outstanding. Thanks!

    August 24

  • Fran

    Loved the talk and very much appreciated the display of Monarch instars and other materials. Trecia is good, entertaining teacher. Made me want to get more involved.

    August 24

  • Callahan Pope M.

    so sorry we missed this one. do you list these events in fb event pages too? would be helpful, when I can't remember whats going on I ck. fb events. See you soon.

    August 24

    • Marc M.

      Callahan - Yes, I post every one of our meetups to our Facebook group. I'll add you if you're not already a member. Also, a typical event is included in my weekly emails 3 or 4 times, the first time as a new event after it's posted and then every week after that until the event occurs. Congrats on your great public art project earlier in the week. - Marc

      August 24

  • Chato

    Excellent talk!

    1 · August 24

  • S B.

    Fantastic talk! We already have plans to plant a monarch-friendly garden at our new house.

    1 · August 24

  • Beth Allyn P.

    Very informative and engaging!

    August 24

  • Kathy

    Very clear, informative talk. Also a bit scary. How many creatures do we have to destroy before we figure out that we have to stop it?

    1 · August 23

  • Winston

    An enjoyable, engaging presentation. This program offered a treasury about the complex and lengthy life of Monarch butterflies.

    1 · August 23

  • Andy

    Should you want to do a little pre-talk prep on the topic you might want to listen to this.
    http://onpoint.wbur.org/2014/08/20/monarch-butterflies-migration-climate-change

    2 · August 21

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