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~Learn about these amazing butterflies and how to turn your yard into a Monarch haven~
APALACHICOLA NATIONAL ESTUARINE RESEARCH RESERVE HOSTS FREE MONARCHS AND
MILKWEED GUEST LECTURE
WHEN: Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2016 2 – 3 p.m.
WHERE: Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve Nature Center, 108 Island Dr., Eastpoint, FL 32328
HOW: Registration is not required, but seating is limited.
For more information, call 850-670-7702 or email email@example.com.
The Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve is hosting a free guest lecture about monarch butterflies and milkweed plants on Wednesday, Nov. 16 in the Nature Center. Scott Davis, a park ranger at St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge, will talk about the relationship between local milkweed and monarch populations, as well as the upcoming monarch migration and how you can landscape your yard to attract them.
Milkweed is a very important plant for the butterfly, as it is the only plant that serves as a food source for the monarch caterpillar. Additionally, the St. Marks Refuge has developed a Monarch-Milkweed Initiative, in which they are breeding many species of milkweed to help bring back a healthy monarch population.
About the Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Florida Coastal Office
The Florida Coastal Office (FCO) is responsible for oversight of the state’s 41 Aquatic Preserves, three National Estuarine Research Reserves, the Coral Reef Conservation Program, the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, the Florida Coastal Management Program and the Outer Continental Shelf Program. FCO’s mission is to conserve and restore Florida’s coastal, ocean and aquatic resources for the benefit of people and the environment. For more information, visithttp://www.dep.state.fl.us/coastal/.