Butterflies in the Garden
By Judy Grasser
Saturday, August 31, 2019 (11:00 AM)
Walworth County Fair – Elkhorn, WI
This presentation covers the life cycle of Monarch butterflies and how anyone can plant a “Waystation” in their own garden that focuses on planting various milkweed species for the caterpillars to feed on and nectar flowers for the adults to drink, to ultimately aid in their Great Fall Migration. She will cover their stages of growth, the plants you’ll need to provide, and how this benefits our other pollinators too.
Judy started this hobby at 12 years of age, when she and a next-door neighbor friend had daily adventures to the prairie field across from their houses. They would come across many butterfly species; it was a paradise for them. They would then hop on their bicycles and head to the local library and look up what we were finding. If you can look back on your best childhood summer, that was mine, she says. Fast forward 40 years, and she has picked this hobby back up again, this time with more of a passion and Google at her fingertips to answer any questions that she has.
This program will be presented in the Barnyard Adventure Area at the Walworth County Fair. For more information, click on the link below.
Location: Walworth County Fair – 411 East Court Street, Elkhorn, WI
Hummingbird Banding at the Residence of Lakeland Audubon Members, Larry and Emily Scheunemann
Saturday, September 7, 2019 (7:30 – 10:30 AM)
Micky O’Connor, a master bird bander and an avian zookeeper at the Milwaukee Zoo, will again be banding hummingbirds at Larry and Emily Scheunemann’s home. The Scheunemanns have landscaped their 30-acre property to attract wildlife of all types. Every year, banding efforts have been very successful including a recapture of a female banded in 2014! Enjoy watching the banding and holding a hummer in hand! Children are welcome.
Monarch Tagging at the Residence of Lakeland Audubon Members, Larry and Emily Scheunemann
Saturday, September 14, 2019 (1:00 – 3:00 PM)
Lakeland Audubon members are invited to Larry and Emily Scheunemann’s home in Whitewater to tag Monarch Butterflies. A short talk on monarchs with instructions on how to tag monarchs will be followed by hands-on netting and tagging of monarchs. The Scheunemanns have created a Monarch Wayside Station and have landscaped their 30-acre property to attract wildlife of all types. Monarch tagging has been helpful in determining monarch migration and winter sites. Children are welcome.
We’re looking for individuals with a moderate to advanced knowledge of bird ID to help our wildlife biologist monitor priority grassland bird species. Volunteers must be able to confidently identify or learn 10-15 grassland bird species by sight and sound. This involves off-trail hiking to specific monitoring points along pre-defined routes from May through August. Routes are available at multiple sites throughout the county. Orientation will be provided (details TBA), but volunteers will be expected to provide their own binoculars. Please contact Jackie Bero by email or call: (815) 678-4532 for additional information.