Supporting monarchs in home habitats

CLINTON — The monarch butterfly is easily identifiable with its orange and black markings.

Yet, in the past several years, its existence has been threatened by changes in its breeding, migratory, and overwintering habitat, according to the United States Fish and Wildlife Service.

Learn from the DeWitt Master Gardeners some small changes homeowners can make to support the monarch butterfly at a Saturday morning class at Vespasian Warner Public Library.

Monarch Butterflies will be from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Sept. 9 at Vespasian Warner Public Library. Participants will learn to identify the different lifecycle stages and how to support monarchs’ habitats in home landscapes. The class is free.

Call Vespasian Warner Public Library at 217-935-5174 by Sept. 8 to register for the class. For questions, please contact Beth Miglin at 217-762-2191.

The DeWitt County Master Gardeners are volunteers trained by University of Illinois Extension. Master Gardeners fulfill their mission of Helping Others Learn to Grow by volunteering their time and horticulture skills through community gardening projects and educational outreach.