ANDRESEN NATURE CENTER MONARCH BUTTERFLY NURSERY GEARING UP FOR THE SEASON
ANC has experienced a fantastic start to the Monarch butterfly nursery this year, with over 150 eggs and caterpillars incubating from the first generation of butterflies which came through in early June. We only had about 20 of the little caterpillars last year at this time. The first chrysalis formed on June 10, which means our first butterfly will come out and be released on about June 22nd. For the subsequent week or two we will probably be releasing 10 to 15 butterflies per day, until the 1st generation of butterflies is processed through. Come on out to the Nature Center during the last week or so of June to help release the butterflies - releases are usually performed in the early afternoons.
MONARCH BUTTERFLY BABYSITTERS WANTED!
Care to do some Citizen Science this summer?
Even just one hour of your time volunteering each week would be fantastic.
Activities include collecting Monarch eggs and caterpillars from the Nature Center’s Milkweed plants, inventorying them, monitoring their development, cleaning up their frass, and then finally releasing them as butterflies.
Hours vary, with limited activity in June, but then ramping up in July, and finally reaching peak activity in mid-August through mid-September. Collection of eggs and caterpillars is typically performed mid- to late-mornings. The release of butterflies is usually done in the afternoons. In 2018 we were releasing butterflies almost daily from mid-July through mid-September, and in September we sometimes released over 10 Monarchs per day, with a record 23 being released on September 16.
Help us beat our 2018 season total release count of 414 butterflies!
Only restriction is that children / teenagers must be accompanied by an adult.