Shows & Events
Fall Monarch Migration
Those who tend gardens specifically designed to attract butterflies, and those whose gardens simply happen to be attractive to butterflies will be especially thrilled to join in the celebration and collective wonder of the annual monarch butterfly migration. The annual southward leg of the trip begins in August in the northernmost part of their range. They should pass through our region in September and October, depending somewhat on weather patterns each year. The educational Monarch Watch Web site (http://www.monarchwatch.org/tagmig/index.htm) provides ample details on the migration process and offers a week-to-week travel calendar based on degrees of latitude. In case you don't know your latitude off the top of your head (I didn't) here are two benchmarks: New York City is at 40.7 degrees N; Washington, DC is at 38.5 degrees N.
Center for Plant Conservation
The Center for Plant Conservation is dedicated solely to preventing the extinction of America's imperiled, native flora. The center is a network of the nation's leading botanical institutions, and between them they are maintaining the National Collection of Endangered Plants. On the Web site you can learn about their work and ways you can help.