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Posted on: March 9, 2023

[ARCHIVED] Springtime Education Sessions



(Waukesha, WI) – Waukesha County residents and visitors are invited to a pair of education sessions dedicated to key springtime topics on Saturday, March 18 from 9 a.m. to noon at Retzer Nature Center. Local subject matter experts are set to lead sessions on the topics of conservation, habitat, and biology right in your backyard. Retzer Nature Center is located at S14 W28167 Madison St. in Waukesha.


“Spring Workshop Day is ideal for learning how your home and garden can be a magnet to songbirds, butterflies, and pollinators” said Janet Barthel, Retzer Nature Center supervisor. “We’re overjoyed that these expert voices shall join us to make Waukesha County residences even more welcoming to our treasured regional species.”

  • 9 am              Save The Songbirds with Mary Kay Diderrich, Wild Birds Unlimited - Delafield

Learn how to create a beautiful, certified habitat in your yard to help save the songbirds. The North American bird population has decreased by 2.9 billion breeding adults, a net loss of 29% over the last half-century. Scientists have identified habitat loss as the biggest reason for the decline.

  • 10 am            Monarch Butterfly Preservation with Dr. Karen S. Oberhauser, Director of UW-Madison Arboretum and Professor, Dept of Entomology, UW-Madison

It’s all about monarch butterflies at this two-part presentation! First, learn about the amazing biology of migratory monarchs, how we can use data to understand what is driving monarch numbers, and what we can do with that information. Then, find out how you can get involved with monarch butterfly research and conservation with a short introduction and training about the Monarch Larva Monitoring Project and citizen science opportunities in your community.


Admission is $24 (both sessions included). Registration required by March 17 at noon. Recommended for ages 15+. 
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