submitted by the Mississippi Valley Field Naturalists

All are invited to MVFN’s 2015 Spring Gathering Reception, Dinner and Silent Auction, featuring the keynote presentation: “Mysteries of the Monarch Butterfly” by Canadian Museum of Nature Associate Jean Lauriault, Thursday, May 21 at the Almonte Civitan Community Hall, Almonte.

The reception will begin at 5:30 pm with a chance to meet, share a drink & chat with MVFN members and friends, and bid in a silent auction to benefit the Burnt Lands Alvar Campaign. Dinner will begin at 6:30 pm and then, sit back and enjoy “Mysteries of the Monarch Butterfly”.

Please note that tickets ($40) must be reserved or purchased in advance by Thursday May 14, 2015.

To reserve your tickets, please contact Brenda Boyd: or 613-256-2076. Tickets are also available at Gilligallou Bird Store in Almonte, Reads Book Shop in Carleton Place, and The Office in Perth. Please see complete details about the event and our guest speaker on the poster and in the press release:

MVFN Spring Gathering 2015

Mysteries of the Monarch Butterfly

The Mississippi Valley Field Naturalists, founded in the spring of 1988, will hold their sixth annual Spring Gathering, Thursday May 21, 2015. The evening will feature a banquet, silent auction fundraiser for the Burnt Lands Alvar campaign, and keynote presentation Mysteries of the Monarch Butterfly which will be given by Jean Lauriault, Monarch Conservation Specialist & Canadian Museum of Nature Associate.

When Jean isn’t out monitoring Monarch butterfly caterpillars on his own milkweed patch in the Gatineau Hills, he is either teaching environmental conservation or guiding visitors up rocky paths in Mexico, to the hillside overwintering sanctuaries of the Monarch butterfly, where he has travelled for decades to study them and help develop the North American Monarch Conservation Plan. Jean considers it a ‘super-challenge’ to conserve a species which does not stay put, but which instead makes an annual transcontinental journey through three countries.

So many aspects of the Monarch butterflies’ varied-length life cycle and migration habits are not known or understood. How do the adolescent Monarchs, born in Canada, survive and find their way to the Oyamel fir forests in the mountains of Mexico; do the firs and the adult butterflies require the same unique environmental conditions? Come to MVFN’s Spring Gathering to hear about the many mysteries of the milkweed, the Oyamel firs and the amazing migration of these beautiful creatures, directly from a man whose conservation work has been a 20+ year labor of love!