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Event: 'Monarch Watch Open House, KS '

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Date: Saturday, May 11, 2013 At 08:00
Duration: 6 Hours
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SPRING OPEN HOUSE & PLANT FUNDRAISER
Saturday, 11 May 2013 - 8a to 2p

Ready to start a butterfly garden or improve the one you have? If so, come visit us at Monarch Watch for our annual Spring Open House & Plant Fundraiser.

We will have more than 5,000 butterfly plants (both annuals and perennials), including seedlings of nine milkweed varieties. These plants are ideal for starting butterfly gardens or adding to established gardens. Monarch numbers have been declining and we need to plant milkweeds to sustain the monarch migration. Modest contributions are suggested for the plants. A list of available plants appears below.

Refreshments will be provided. There will be games for the children and they can make "seed balls" containing seeds of milkweeds and other butterfly plants that can be used to create habits for monarchs and other butterflies. They can also watch the queen bee lay eggs in our honeybee observation hive, see scary insects and spiders, or watch videos. All are welcome to tour our garden and lab space. We will have live videoconferencing demonstrations, and, of course, monarch butterflies! You all know that the chrysalis of the monarch is green, right? How about pink? Yes, pink. We have some that are pink and some caterpillars that are black instead of striped. Come and see these interesting monarch mutations.

You can also see the monarchs that traveled 40 million miles space shuttles and the International Space Station during the "Monarchs In Space Program." How did the monarch caterpillars do in the microgravity of space? Did they feed? Were they able to "hang up" to form a chrysalis, and were they able to emerge and expand their wings in an environment in which there is no up or down? Come to Monarch Watch to learn more about this unique educational project.

We'd love to see you on Saturday so mark your calendars! If you can't make it in person, be sure to check us out online - we plan to post photos and broadcast some LIVE video throughout the day.



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