Location: Leonora Curtin Wetland Preserve
Date and Time: July 25, 2019, 8:30-11:30am
Learn to identify and tag butterflies with Steve Cary, the butterfly guy. Help the Santa Fe Botanical Garden track butterflies in the Leonora Curtin Wetland Preserve to learn about migration patterns, seasonal changes, and population fluctuation. Steve has been investigating the butterfly population there for several years and you will hear him discuss trends, challenges, and successes. Little information has been gathered about monarch butterfly habits as they migrate and breed through northern New Mexico. This is a training for Citizen Scientists to learn how to recognize adult male and female monarch butterflies, their eggs, and larval stages, as well as to identify and distinguish between the types of milkweed found at the Preserve. Recognizing adult monarch flight behavior, nectaring, guarding, and breeding behaviors will be included in the workshop. Participants will learn documentation procedures on prepared data sheets. The findings will be submitted to the Southwest Monarch Study.
Steven J. Cary Biography: Born and educated in Wisconsin, he arrived in New Mexico in 1980 and has spent 30 years studying and photographing New Mexico’s butterflies. By publishing scientific reports, popular articles and a poster, and through countless informal butterfly walks and talks, Steve Cary has become New Mexico’s unofficial “Butterfly Guy.” Since 1999, he has been the Natural Resource Planner and Chief Naturalist for New Mexico State Parks. His book, “Butterfly Landscapes of New Mexico,” was published by New Mexico Magazine in 2009 and remains the only book about New Mexico butterflies.