Loading…
Sunday, April 20, 2014
Current Weather
Loading Current Weather....
HomeNewsLocal
Published: 8/28/2012

Monarch butterflies set for release

BLADE STAFF
Ryan Jacob, a naturalist at the Maumee Bay State Park, examines monarch caterpillars and chrysalises. Ryan Jacob, a naturalist at the Maumee Bay State Park, examines monarch caterpillars and chrysalises.
THE BLADE/JEREMY WADSWORTH Enlarge | Buy This Photo

The naturalists at Maumee Bay State Park will celebrate butterflies at the Milton B. Trautman Nature Center, near the Quilter Lodge, at noon Sunday.

Naturalist Ryan Jacob said the nature center, which has a monarch butterfly sanctuary, has raised the butterflies and will make its last release of the season. The butterflies will wing their way to Mexico.

"In the summers we are constantly raising monarch butterflies. We find the eggs in farm fields, on milkweeds," he said. Loss of habitat caused by the removal of milkweed threatens the butterfly population, he said.

"Unfortunately, it has the word 'weed' in it, but it's really a beautiful plant," Mr. Jacob said. "Often it's just mowed down or killed with herbicides. We're boosting the local population."

Mr. Jacob said few eggs were found in June and July this year because of the hot, dry weather. Normally, hundreds of butterflies are raised annually from the eggs.

The day is to include a slide show about butterfly crafts and cookie decorating. Attendees will be invited to help with the butterfly release. A $3 fee will be charged for children to participate in crafts.

The park is at 1400 State Park Rd., Oregon.

-- Carl Ryan



Guidelines: Please keep your comments smart and civil. Don't attack other readers personally, and keep your language decent. If a comment violates these standards or our privacy statement or visitor's agreement, click the "X" in the upper right corner of the comment box to report abuse. To post comments, you must be a Facebook member. To find out more, please visit the FAQ.



Poll