- 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.
- Refer to our Open Seating Policy for details.
- There is a $3 contribution requested from non-students.
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.
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.