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Our February meeting featured Trecia Neal educating us on the biology and ecology of the monarch, why the migration is endangered, as well as current conservation efforts and how you can help.

Pollinators have been in the news lately because of the dramatic drop in the numbers scientists and citizens have observed and reported data on for the last few years for several very interesting Citizen Science projects. Monarchs are an iconic and well-loved species, the state insect of seven different states. The monarch is the only butterfly to make a two-way migration. Currently, the migration is listed as “an endangered natural phenomena”.

Trecia Neal was a biologist at Fernbank Science Center in Atlanta for over 30 years. She retired in 2017. Her areas of expertise are ornithology, environmental education, and establishing outdoor classrooms and gardens at schools. For over eighteen years, she has been teaching students and teachers about the wonders of monarchs. Trecia has a bachelor’s degree in biology and a master’s degree in science education with an emphasis in animal behavior.

For more information about Trecia's education programs visit: http://www.greengardensedu.com

Additional resources: Monarch Waystations  and North American Pollinator Protection Campaign