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Monarch Butterflies and Other Pollinators with Erin Oswald

In 2017, Fenner Conservancy constructed an exhibit to raise awareness in the community about pollinator conservation through the raising and rearing of monarch butterflies — the Monarch House. Since then, more than 300 monarch butterflies have been reared, checked for parasites, tagged, and released. The Monarch House was built to give these important pollinators a good head-start in life and the energy to make it to their overwintering grounds in Mexico. Fenner is involved with many citizen science programs like Project Monarch Health, Monarch Watch, and Monarch Waystation to help increase the declining monarch population and educate the greater Lansing region about the conservation of monarchs and other pollinators.  

Erin Oswald is the volunteer coordinator and citizen science program coordinator at Fenner Nature Center. She oversees programs such as Project FeederWatch and all Monarch House activities. She has been working at Fenner since April 2018. Erin holds a B.S. in fisheries and wildlife from Michigan State University.

This event is part of the Michigan Audubon Seminar Series. Seminars are free and open to the public. Sessions take place on the second Monday of each month from 7 – 8 p.m. at the Michigan Audubon office located at 2310 Science Parkway, Suite 200, Okemos, MI 48864.