Milkweed, Monarchs and More

Instructor:  Cyrene Slegona

  • Zoom Class
  • 3 sessions, Thursdays 9:30am to 11am, May 6, 13, 20 with optional 27th
  • Required Texts
  • Limit 20
  • $15

Monarch butterflies are recognized as an indicator species whose status provides information on the condition of the ecosystem. We will explore the biology, ecology and current scientific research concerning Danaus plexippus plexippus and how this knowledge applies throughout Nature. Milkweed’s many varieties, uses and species dependent on it will be reviewed. There will be observations skills offered for nature drawing explorations.

Suggested Reading and Internet addresses:

*Monarchs and Milkweed: A Migrating Butterfly, A Poisonous Plant and Their Remarkable Story of Coevolution by Anurag Agrawal (very readable)

Monarch Watch, University of Kansas at Lawrence, https://monarchwatch.org

Journey North, https://journeynorth.org

Cyrene Slegona, a Maine Master Naturalist has reared, observed and studied Monarchs for many years. As a teacher, she included Monarchs and entomology yearly in elementary and secondary instruction. Her passion for these (and other) butterflies has led to the creation of several Monarch Ways Stations, rearing, releasing and tagging of Monarchs, developing pollinator gardens and travels to Mexico to overwintering sites. She has offered community and school talks on a variety of topics related to Monarchs.