Tiger Longwing, Blue Morpho, Green Triangle Kite, Thoas Swallowtail, Red Peacock, Rice Paper, Blue Wave; if these names are foreign to you, you have not visited the Houston Museum of Natural Science's Cockrell Butterfly Center! These exotic and showy butterflies are the museum's way of making people more aware of butterflies (and other insects) and the conservation challenges that face them. Nancy Greig, a botanist/entomologist who has directed the Butterfly Center for over 20 years, will talk about the implications of importing these tropical beauties into the US, and discuss whether or not "butterfly farms" in the tropics are a good thing.
Bringing butterfly conservation back home, Nancy will also review the current situation with the monarch butterfly, one of our most iconic native species. Why have the numbers of migrating monarchs plummeted? Is there anything we can do? Should the monarch be listed as "threatened" by the US Fish and Wildlife? And what's all the fuss about planting tropical milkweed?
Join us Thursday, March 12, to learn about butterflies, both exotic and native, and the conservation measures we can take to save them for future generations.
Note: Because of Lent, our March meeting room has been moved from Pecore Hall behind the church where we usually have it:
(Social period begins at 7:00 PM. Main program begins at 7:30 PM.)
Havens Center (of St. Stephen's Episcopal Church)
1827 W. Alabama, Houston, TX 77098
It is just west of the church at Woodhead, and we can still park in either of the parking lots behind the church (the lot between Havens and the church fills up quite quickly), or on the streets like Sul Ross and Driscoll.