Free Monarch Watch Program

One of my plans for 2016 is for the Club to work a little closer with organizations like the Cedar Rapids Audubon Society, Linn County Master Gardeners and others.  They host a lot of events that may have an interest to our Club members from a photographic perspective.   They just announced a free January 20th event, that some of our wildlife photographers who may have an interest.   Obviously shooting images of Monarch Butterflies in January isn't feasible… however learning how to create a habitat in the Spring may help you take some great photos during the Summer.


The Linn County Master Gardeners and Kirkwood Community College would like to invite the public to a special event on January 20, 2016, to kick-off their “Planting for Pollinators” Year.

Dr. Chip Taylor, founder and Director of Monarch Watch, will be sharing his knowledge of Monarchs, their basic biology, migration challenges, habitat considerations, and the status and trends in the monarch population.

Date: Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Time: 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Place: The Kirkwood Center

7725 Kirkwood Blvd. SW

Cedar Rapids, IA 52404


In 1992, Dr. Taylor founded Monarch Watch, an outreach program focused on education, research and conservation relative to monarch butterflies. Since then, Monarch Watch has enlisted the help of volunteers to tag monarchs during the fall migration. This program has produced many new insights into the dynamics of the monarch migration. In 2005 Monarch Watch created the Monarch Waystation program, in recognition that habitats for monarchs are declining at a rate of 6,000 acres a day in the United States. The goal of this program is to inspire the public, schools and others to create habitats for monarch butterflies and to assist Monarch Watch in educating the public about the decline in resources for monarchs, pollinators and all wildlife that share the same habitats.


Rick Young


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