Monarch Watch director scheduled to speak at Hesston’s Dyck Arboretum

03/20/2013 6:00 AM

03/20/2013 10:08 AM

Orley “Chip” Taylor will be the featured speaker Monday night at Dyck Arboretum of the Plains in Hesston

Taylor will be talking about the monarch migration. He is a professor of biological sciences at the University of Kansas and heads a national program called Monarch Watch, which focuses on education, conservation and research about monarchs.

Dinner begins at 6 p.m.; the talk at 6:30 p.m. Both are at Dyck Arboretum, 177 W. Hickory in Hesston.

Cost is $7 for the dinner and lecture; $2 for the lecture. To make reservations, or for more information, call 620-327-8127.

Recent news reports indicate the monarch butterfly population dropped 59 percent this year, continuing a rapid decline that began several years ago.

The monarchs breed and live in the north in the summer, then migrate to Mexico in the winter. They typically arrive in Wichita the first week in April.

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