Fun is a-flutter at the Monarch Festival
Float like a butterfly to the third annual Minneapolis Monarch Festival
Lake Nokomis Naturescape Gardens,
DATE & TIME
Friday September 9th - 7:00 pm Monarch Mission- Minneapolis to Mexico Presentation @ Nokomis Community Center by Dr. Karen Oberhauser (more info below)
Festival: Saturday September 10th - 10am - 4pm.
ACTIVITIES, GAMES, FOOD & DANCE, TOURS OF THE NATURESCAPE
Enjoy Mexican and American music, food and dance, hands-on art activities, games, tours of the Nokomis Naturescape Garden and lots of Monarch butterflies. Learn how to entice butterflies to your yard and purchase native plants that monarchs love. Plus, youth can put their wings and antennae on and participate in the 2nd annual Kids’ Monarch Fun Run where prizes will be given for the fastest runners and best costumes.
The event celebrates the monarch butterfly’s amazing 2,300-mile migration from Minnesota to Mexico and raises awareness of the need to provide and protect monarch habitat. This event is free.
For more information or to register for the Kids Fun Run, visit www.monarchfestival.org
If you would like to volunteer, please contact the Nokomis East Neighborhood Association at 612-724-5652 or the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board at 612-313-7784.
FRIDAY NIGHT PRESENTATION BY DR. KAREN OBERHAUSER
Monarch Mission - Minneapolis to Mexico
Reception: 6:30 pm, Presentation: 7:00 pm
Nokomis Community Center, 2401 East Minnehaha Parkway, Minneapolis
Monarch butterflies are perhaps the most beloved and charismatic of garden visitors. This presentation will summarize their amazing, multi-generational migratory journey from central Mexico to your Minneapolis garden and back. You’ll learn what to include in your garden to encourage monarchs and other butterflies, and how you can join volunteer citizen scientists across the US to help understand and protect monarchs and their migration.
Karen Oberhauser is an Associate Professor in the Dept. of Fisheries, Wildlife and Conservation Biology at the University of Minnesota, and is a member of the Conservation Biology; Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior; Fisheries and Wildlife; and Natural Resources Science Management graduate faculties. She and her students conduct research on several aspects of monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus) ecology, including reproductive ecology, host-parasite interactions, factors affecting the distribution and abundance of immature monarch stages, risks posed by global climate change and pest control practices to monarch butterflies. Her research employs traditional lab and field techniques, as well as contributions of a variety of other audiences through citizen science. www.monarchlab.org