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Learn on Saturdays: Radio Tracking Monach Butterflies & Honey Bee 101

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Date Saturday, January 12, 2019 at 10:30am - 12:00pm
Duration   1h 30m

Hosted by Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden

10:30 a.m. Kelsey Fisher, Iowa State University— Radio Tracking Monarch Butterflies to Help Inform Restoration Decisions
Fisher will begin her presentation by teaching about the lifecycle, migration, and population decline of the Eastern population of Monarch butterflies in North America. She will touch on the importance of milkweed and nectar plants from May-October. Then, will discuss her research: tracking monarch butterflies with radio telemetry. Finally she will explain how the results from her studies will help inform restoration decisions for Iowa.

11:30 a.m. Ellen Bell, Bell Farm— The Buzz: Honey Bee 101
What’s the buzz about honey bees? You may already know that the bee population is in trouble and needs our help, but what does this really mean? Why, exactly, are bees important and what can we do to help? What’s involved in keeping a hive of bees? And what do these industrious and social little insects do inside (and outside) their hive all day? Ellen Bell will be joining us at the Botanical Garden to answer these questions and many more! Join us for this hour long program and catch the buzz about beekeeping and honey bees!

About Learn on Saturdays
Don’t let the cold get you down. Join us on Saturday mornings January through March for weekly educational lectures on a range of topics from lichens to bees to bananas. Each week includes two hour-long sessions. Cost of admission includes both lectures.

Price per Saturday (no preregistration): Members $6, Nonmembers $12
6-Week Punch Card: Members $30, Nonmembers $60
Season pass for all 12 weeks: Members $50, Nonmembers $100

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