Stevi Library Features Monarch Butterflies
The Bitterroot Monarch Project will have an online event at 6 p.m. Monday, June 1, with help from the North Valley Public Library. Nancy Bevins of the library said Facebook Live and Zoom will be used to connect the public with Project Coordinator Maggie Hirschauer, who started the group after a 2018 butterfly count showed the Monarch population declining, with continuing drops to possibly less than 1 percent of its historical size. In a news release, Hirschauer suggests a combination of factors for the decline - habitat loss in southern wintering colonies, pesticide use, less native plants like milkweed, and climate change.
The online event will include information about Bitterroot Monarch Project efforts at restoring milkweed habitat, tagging butterflies and learning more about the butterfly's migration routes. You need to register for the event at the North Valley Library website. After signing up, you'll receive an email with the link. You can also watch the Facebook Live link at the North Valley Public Library's Facebook page.