Audubon Seeks Monarch Festival Volunteers, Vendors and Supporters

Submitted Photo Audubon Community Nature Center is looking for volunteers, vendors and supporters for their annual Monarch Butterfly Festival on Saturday, August 27. Local author Melissa Betrus is pictured in front of milkweed, which is the only food of Monarch caterpillars. She will have her book, Life Among the Milkweed, available.

The Audubon Community Nature Center is looking fror help for its annual Monarch Butterfly Festival to be held the last Saturday in August.

The festival transforms the Audubon’s multipurpose room into a garden of flowers and free-flying butterflies and offers nature walks, butterfly programs, crafts, photo ops, and more.

Both the festival and the adults-only Butterflies and Brews the evening before feature the hows and whys of monarch conservation, with tables showing their life cycle and live caterpillars and butterflies that can be held.

Volunteers are needed to take admissions, lend a hand in the Monarch Room, assist people with viewing caterpillars, and other activities. To help, contact Emily Nelson, ACNC volunteer coordinator, at 716-569-2345 or email ENelson@auduboncnc.org.

Audubon is also accepting vendors and sponsors for the event. Vendors can call Jeff Tome, Audubon public engagement specialist, at 716-569-2345 or email JTome@AudubonCNC.org.

Audubon community partners include the Carnahan-Jackson Foundation, Chautauqua Region Community Foundation, Curt and Susie Westrom, Holmberg Foundation, Hultquist Foundation, Jessie Smith Darrah Fund, Lenna Foundation, Ralph C. Sheldon Foundation, Bob Frucella’s Tax Service, Bush Industries/a Brand of eSolutions Furniture, Hal and Mary Conarro, Univera Healthcare, Weinberg Financial Group and Whirley-Drinkworks!

Those interested in sponsoring the butterfly festival can call Leigh Rovegno, Audubon executive director, at 716-569-2345 or email LRovegno@AudubonCNC.org.

For details of both the Friday, Aug. 26, Butterflies and Brews and Saturday, Aug. 27, Monarch Butterfly Festival, call 716-569-2345 or go to AudubonCNC.org and click on “Upcoming Programs.”


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