MBSP/Nature Center's Project is helping to educate about this butterfly species. Rampant deforestation and suburban development is taking its toll, and the once common Monarch is now struggling to exist.
MORE DETAILS ON THE MONARCH PROJECT:
Our Park Naturalist, Dana Bollin has developed an exceptional series of programs, special events and infrastructure surrounding her monarch butterflies. She initially was awarded half of the cost of the butterfly gazebo ($2000) in the form of a grant from the Division of Wildlife. Since that time, with the help of several very dedicated volunteers, over 10,000 monarch butterflies have been reared from eggs and released from the butterfly gazebo.
Our park staff is currently implementing an additional $8000 grant from the
DOW involving the development of a butterfly garden (Backyards for Wildlife demonstration), a platform to make the gazebo handicap accessible, and professional interpretive signage for both the Monarch rearing project and the butterfly garden. We have received much praise and accolades from the public regarding this project, many in the form of customer comment cards specifically mentioning the butterfly programs. Furthermore, the DOW filmed an impressive twenty-minute segment for the television production “Wild Ohio” last summer, which has been aired state-wide on public television three times thus far.
Additionally, our naturalist recently undertook a pilgrimage to the Monarch overwintering grounds in Mexico, to better connect our park visitors with the needs of the monarchs, as well as the needs of the people who own the land where the butterflies over-winter, connecting the citizens of the United States and Canada who care about monarchs with the very people in Mexico who live near the sanctuaries, on whose future the monarchs depend.
Stay tuned to this page as she will be sharing with us those adventures in Michoacan and lots of photographs, too! ADIOS! Hasta la Vista!
VVisitors enjoy watching the progress of the transformation.
When the caterpillar forms a "J" it is already developing the pupa inside its skin.
The final result: a Monarch emerges into the gazebo to be released into the wild.