More about Monarchs

Photo by Jackie Kolb

Photo by Jackie Kolb

While we are just starting to bundle up for wintertime, the butterflies that were in the area during our warmer months have left the area or have been hibernating for a while now. In fact, the first reports of the Monarch butterflies migrating into Mexico started coming in just a few short weeks ago!

Even though it is not our “butterfly season,” I still think about these important insects. In the beginning of November, I was given an opportunity to visit the Binghamton Zoo and meet with other butterfly educators and breeders. During this meeting we talked about the best practices for raising and caring for butterflies, butterfly conservation issues and new tools for education. It was a great time and I hope to incorporate what I learned during this workshop in next year’s Daisy Marquis Jones Foundation Butterfly Beltway Project.

It is never too early or late in the season for you to think about your own butterfly garden at your residence, business or organization. If you would like to learn more about what you can do and how to make a butterfly garden, contact me at and I will be happy to assist you!

 – Tim Fowler, Outreach Coordinator