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Butterfly Discovery

July 18 @ 11:00 am - 1:30 pm

Event Details

This event is intended for adult participants. Explore the beautiful world of butterflies guided by Beaver Creek Reserve naturalists Jim Schwiebert and Megan Giefer! Take a walk through a native prairie in bloom that provides prime habitat for a wide variety of local butterflies.

There will be a demonstration for how to use butterfly nets and then you’ll get the chance to catch and observe them up close before releasing them. Learn about host and nectar plants. Hear about the challenges pollinator populations are facing, and how land protection and prairie management can be part of the solution. You’ll leave knowing some ways to attract butterflies to your yard and how to support and increase butterfly numbers in the wild.

Monarch Bird Photo Credit Pheasants Forever
Butterfly Weed

After our time exploring the prairie, head to Beaver Creek Reserve, a 7-mile drive. Bring a bag lunch and we will eat at the picnic tables there. After lunch, we will have a private tour of the Monarch Caterpillar Lab, usually not open to the public. Get up close and personal learning about all four stages of their life cycle (egg, larvae, chrysalis, and adult butterfly). The Butterfly House will also be open if you’d like to extend your visit and experience the enchantment of this enclosed butterfly garden. 

Trip Itinerary: (all times are approximate)

  • Prairie & Butterfly Hike: 1 hour
  • Travel to Beaver Creek Reserve: 15 min
  • Lunch (bring your own): 30 min
  • Caterpillar Lab Tour: 20 min
  • Butterfly House: 20 min
Looking at Butterflies at Henke Acres

Hike Details: This will be an easy walk through a relatively flat prairie on a mowed trail. Approximate distance: less than 1 mile.

Location: The prairie walk will take place at a private property in eastern Eau Claire County that is protected through a conservation easement with Landmark Conservancy and owned by Beaver Creek Reserve. The exact location will be provided after registration. Participants will drive to Beaver Creek Reserve to finish the field trip.

Parking: Limited to roadside parking at the meeting location. Beaver Creek Reserve has a parking lot for the second part of the trip.

What to Bring: Please wear comfortable shoes, dress appropriately for the weather and wear layers. Bring sunscreen, insect repellent, a hat, water, and a bag lunch. We will be in a prairie with little opportunity for shade.

Additional Information: No restroom facilities are available at the prairie location, except the great outdoors. Restrooms are available at the Beaver Creek Reserve for the second part of the trip. No dogs please.

Contact Information: Sara Norman, Community Engagement Manger, sara@landmarkwi.org 

Registration Required: Capacity 15 people

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July 18
11:00 am - 1:30 pm