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Sustaining the Monarch, One Yard at a Time

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National Park Service Visitor Center

2 New Liberty Street

Salem, MA 01970

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Join Essex Heritage and Katie Hone to learn about the monarch butterfly – its natural history, migration, and the reasons for its decline.

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Join Essex Heritage and Katie Hone to learn about the monarch butterfly – its natural history, migration, the reasons for its decline and the many conservation efforts that are currently underway along its migration pathway. Then experience an entire season of blooms that you can plant in your own yard to help monarchs and other pollinators.

Speaker bio: Katie Hone has been gardening for her entire adult life. She is known for the riot of native flowers she planted at her Ipswich, MA property along the Ipswich River.

Katie was a 2012 recipient of the US Fish and Wildlife Service's Slow the Flow Grant. This helped her transform her family's Ipswich River-front property from the traditional foundation plantings they inherited from the former owners into a haven for wildlife, while also minimizing storm runoff into the river. When she added native milkweeds to the gardens she found monarch butterfly eggs on it and began raising them with her young children. This spawned her love of monarchs, creating pollinator gardens and educating land owners and school children on how to sustain them.

As a former Senior Aquarist and Educator at the New England Aquarium, Katie cared for hundreds of different animals including endangered piping plovers, jellyfish, Atlantic puffins and even a Nile crocodile. She also created two-story tropical waterfalls, Boston Island shorebird landscapes and brought marine biology-based education programs to schools throughout New England. Now Katie brings her knowledge of monarch butterflies and pollinator gardens to schools, garden clubs and community groups and encourages landowners and municipalities to plant milkweed.

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