Heidi Verheul (email@example.com) Sierra Club Canada-Atlantic Chapter March 20, 2012MONARCH TEACHER NETWORK “Revolutions often start quietly.”
BUTTERFLY EFFECTThe Monarch Teacher Network (MTN) is a growingnetwork of teachers and other people who usemonarch butterflies to teach a variety of conceptsand skills, including our growing connection withother nations and the need to be responsiblestewards of the environment.
2010 MTN WORKSHOP IN WOLFVILLEThis was the first MTN workshop that was held in Nova Scotia. Educators from around the Maritimescame to workshop to learn about the Monarch’s story.The workshops are hands on and very participatory.
I BECAME HOOKED!By handling butterflies, finding caterpillars, and collecting milkweed, I have become a monarch fanatic.Since the workshops, I have reared many species of caterpillar and released them as moths andbutterflies.
2011 WORKSHOP IN SAINT JOHNI volunteered for the workshop in Saint John and helped facilitate some of the sessions.Here Kati is holding a live butterfly for the very first time.
CROSS CULTURAL TRIPS Fellowships available from the Weston Foundation Open to anyone who attends MTN Workshop Trips to Mexico or California to visit overwintering colonies and other sites of natural history significance
2012 TRIP TO CALIFORNIAWith support from the Westonfoundation I was able to visit California,with other awesome educators!This opportunity brought educatorsfrom all over the U.S. and Canada (12states and provinces) together. It wastruly an energizing and extremelyhopeful experience.
NON-NATIVE INVASIVE SPECIESEucalyptus is a non-native fast growingtree that was planted for wind breaks.The shaggy bark of the tree has beenattibuted to worsening wild fires in theregion and the flowers of the eucalyptusmay be affecting the monarchbehaviour.
RAISE & RELEASESome groups in California are raising and releasing butterflies during winter. This may also beimpacting the migratory behaviour of the Western Monarch populations.
TREE TYPESMonarchs prefer specific types of old trees. Cypress preferred over Eucalyptus, but only a few tall cypressremaining scattered over the state.
AMAZING VOLUNTEERS AND STAFFDocents and part staff were present at every park ready to share their expertise with visitors.
EXPLOITATION AND REVITALIZATIONMonterey and surrounding area has a history of exploiting resources to the point of collapse.Whaling, sealing, sea otter pelts, and a variety of fisheries. Monterey Bay Aquarium was one ofthe first to initiate a Seafood Watch Program.
NORTHERN ELEPHANT SEALSThought to be extinct in the 1880’s, a handful Northern Elephant Seals were found breeding onGuadalupe Island off of the Baja Peninsula. First protected by Mexico and then by the U.S., theNorthern Elephant Seal population is now estimated to be somewhere between 150,000 to200,000.
2012 MTN WORKSHOP-TATAMAGOUCHE, NSAugust 16 & 17th will be the 2nd MTN workshop in NS. Please encourage any teachers or child careprofessionals to register: www.monarchteacher.ca
SIERRA CLUB CANADA-ATLANTIC FUNDRAISER For every donation, we will “carve” your name or a message of your choice on a virtual tree on our website, creating an online forest of support! Our target is to raise $40,000 by March. Cheques payable to “Sierra Club Canada - Atlantic Canada Chapter” Sierra Club Canada - Atlantic Chapter 1657 Barrington St., Suite 137 Halifax, NS B3J 2A1 Or online here: http://atlantic.sierraclub.ca/en/donate-0