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Learn how to create and maintain a Butterfly Habitat! Free and open to everyone!
Establishing and Maintaining a Butterfly Habitat On June 19, 2018, at the GNPA Griffin Chapter in Griffin, GA Virginia Linch will give a presentation on establishing and maintaining a butterfly habitat. The meeting will begin at 6:30 PM at the Women’s Center, Spalding Regional Hospital. This meeting is free and open to the public! Virginia Cartwright Linch grew up on St. Simons Island, exploring art and gardening with her mother, and that started her on a lifetime dedication to those interests. Her love of horses began while riding across the marshes and dunes on Sea Island. She married Eatonton native, Ronald Linch and moved to Putnam County in 1985. She began working as the art director for a local screen printing company, which developed her first art instructions. Working for the Department of Agriculture as a barn manager overseeing the rehabilitation of impounded horses kept her equine interest alive; and using photography to document the progress of those horses began yet another hobby. Incorporating those photographs and writing articles for equine related magazines proved that people will become active when they are informed of problems and solutions. While busy, she always found time for gardening. From transplanting favorite blooms to incorporating traditional landscape plants, she continued the horticulture legacy. She realized how few butterflies were in her garden. The blooms were there, but she would be waiting for random appearances of butterflies to photograph. This frustration with the lack of diversity and numbers led to research and the AHA! moment when she learned that “larval host plants” are necessary for the reproduction of butterfly species. Those random appearances of butterflies confirmed how the adult butterflies needed the nectar provided by her garden blooms; but also needed the larval host plants necessary for their reproduction. She replaced some of the exotic, non- native landscape plants with a variety of larval host plants and the appearance of butterflies was almost immediate. She has been raising and releasing native butterflies for years now, giving different stages of caterpillars, chrysalides and larval host plants to girl scouts, friends, family, school groups and others. The magic of this transformation into a creature of beauty always seems to touch each who is able to witness it. Virginia states, “The growing awareness of the public to the reduction in numbers of honey bees has been slow but sure. This reduction in numbers is true of most pollinators (including butterflies and hummingbirds); however, this associated decrease appears to have been overlooked. Butterflies are the forgotten pollinators. We usually just associate butterflies with ornamental flower gardens. Butterflies are also pollinators who visit tomato, watermelon, and other crops helping complete the cycle these plants need to produce. The native plants butterflies require to reproduce are usually considered weeds and are diligently removed from gardens, fields, pastures and the road banks where they used to thrive. The introduction of necessary spraying for mosquitoes and other nuisance winged insects has also adversely affected the life cycles of butterflies.” As a “butterfly advocate”, Virginia is dedicated to helping spread the word of the way all of us can positively impact the life cycles of these winged wonders. She has been Art Director, Perky Cap Co, Magistrate judge since 2000 to present. Briar Patch Arts Council[masked], Project Director, Butterflies & Blooms in the Briar Patch 2013 to present, 2015 Woman of the Year, and Amateur photographer & gardener. For information about Virginia’s project “Butterflies and Blooms in the Briar Patch”, visit the page on Facebook at For information about Georgia Nature Photographers Association, check out their web site, and click on the "central chapter".

Women's Center, Spalding Regional Hospital

601 S. 8th Street · Griffin, GA

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We are a regional chapter of Georgia Nature Photographers’ Association. In addition to meeting monthly for an instructional program, we schedule meetups to provide opportunities for nature photographers who live in the central Georgia area (Henry, Fayette, Bibb, Lamar, Monroe, Pike, Upson, and surrounding counties) to meet together to learn about nature photography and to have opportunities to experience it with others. We meet every third Tuesday of each month, except December, in the Women's Center, Spalding Regional Hospital.

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