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Rockville Science Tuesday: Conserving Monarch Butterflies in Your Backyard
March 10 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
We are delighted to have Clarence Hickey back. By all accounts, the east coast monarch butterfly population has experienced about a 90% reduction over the last few years. This is due partly to the reduction in milkweed available as a food source for monarch caterpillars. I planted common native milkweed in my yard to attract and aid migrating and reproducing monarchs. This PowerPoint lecture program will show and explain how I successfully raised caterpillars in my home and then released the butterflies. I will bring a few specimens to view, along with reading materials on monarchs to share. Milkweed seeds will be available for class participants to take and plant.
Clarence Hickey is a biologist holding a BS in general biology and an MS in marine biology. He was a marine researcher for several years and retired from the federal workforce doing environmental work. He served in the U.S. Army Medical Service supporting the 101st Airborne Division during the Vietnam era. Clarence has been a classroom volunteer with Montgomery County Public Schools for more than 20 years participating in career days, science fairs, and family STEM nights. Clarence is a longtime volunteer of the Rockville Science Center, having been a speaker at several of our lecture series and as an exhibitor at Rockville Science Day for many years.