Ever-popular butterfly, dragonfly survey returns
Grab a net and work for your lunch! As they have for many a year now, Ohio Lepidopterists member Mark Rzeszotarski and naturalists want to lead you in an annual census while teaching identification, habits and food sources of these amazing insects.
Oh, and did we mention there’s a burger or hotdog lunch at stake?
What: Burgers-n-Butterflies, Dogs-n-Dragons
When: Sunday, July 13 – Noon to 3:30 p.m.
Where: Swine Creek Reservation, Lake Side
16004 Hayes Road, Middlefield/Parkman Townships
We don’t even ask that you register – just show up if you’re feeling helpful and hungry, and anyone who catches a butterfly or a dragonfly will be eligible for a free hamburger or hotdog. Nets will be provided, but please bring your own sunscreen and wear long pants.
Free milkweed plants will also be handed out at this event. Why milkweed? Odds are good you didn’t see a single Monarch butterfly last year – or if you did, you saw just a few. Due to loss of habitat, the Monarch population has hit an all-time low since counting began in 1975. Planting milkweed, the Monarch’s main host plant, is the best way Geauga County residents can help the species repopulate.
Registration is not required for this program, which is suitable for all ages and partially wheelchair/stroller accessible. Call 440-286-9516 with questions.