This is O'Hara Commons fourth year in developing a Monarch Project for the Bitterroot Valley. We have been learning, recording and sharing information in our youth and outreach programs. Since we started The Monarch Project in 2016, the status of Monarch butterflies has changed dramatically. There are many presumed reasons for their decline, but most agree that loss of habitat is a leading concern. Monarch butterflies will only lay eggs on the native plant of milkweed, a roadside plant that is cut and sprayed at critical times of egg laying and caterpillar development. It is estimated that one in ten Monarch eggs will survive to adulthood.
All installments will be held at O'Hara Commons, 111 South 4th Street, Hamilton. 10 AM.
Topics covered will include: identifying milkweed species, growing milkweed from seed, establishing nectaries and breeding habitat for Monarch butterflies, identifying Monarch eggs, responsibly rearing Monarchs from eggs, Monarch lifecycle (including who migrates and when), diseases and troubleshooting.
The first Monarchs arrive in Montana around the beginning to middle June. It is our intention to have a gaggle of volunteers ready to help bolster their population and cultivate habitat for future generations.