Native Plant Society Talks Monarch Butterflies – August 29

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By Michael Herron on August 15, 2018.

“Monarchs and Milkweed” an evening about one of the special treasures of life in Nevada and Placer Counties  – the native Monarch butterflies found here – will be held August 29 at 7:00 p.m.
in the Madelyn Helling Library at 980 Helling Way in Nevada City.

Learn how to raise Monarchs, with the Redbud Chapter of the California Native Plant Society. Bonnie Bradt and Kate Brennan, both members of the Nevada County Master Gardener team of “Monarch Wranglers,” will share information about planting and growing native milkweed and other pollinator plants to attract Monarch butterflies. They’ll relate their personal experiences rearing Monarch butterflies and provide information on best practices for doing so at home. In addition, they will be discussing the state of our western Monarch population and what individuals can do to help.

Bonnie Bradt holds a Bachelor of Science in Zoology and a Masters of Science in Entomology from UC Davis. She worked for over 40 years as a research scientist, mostly in biochemistry. She has authored or co-authored 28 scientific papers and two book chapters. She joined the Master Gardeners in 2005 and gladly became the group’s resident entomologist. She has given public workshops and presentations for many years, mostly on entomology-related subjects.

Kate Brennan became a Master Gardener in 2013 and began rearing Monarch caterpillars after attending a workshop on Monarchs and Milkweed. She is also a member of CNPS and Sierra Foothills Audubon Society.  The presentation is part of Redbud’s year-long Passionate About Native Plants lecture series. Stay tuned for others. Hear experts explore, teach and share research about, and advocate for our diverse and beautiful foothill native plants. For more information, contact Check out