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Estela Romero
Monarchs Across Georgia brings Estela Romero to Georgia!

Estela Romero is Journey North’s (monarch) program coordinator in Mexico. She lives in Angangueo, Michoacan where she coordinates the Symbolic Migration and serves as their local news reporter. Estela works with children in the community to report the monarch’s fall arrival, send news about the monarchs’ overwintering season, and announce the butterflies’ departure for spring migration in March. During the winter monarchs, Estela delivers Symbolic Monarchs to hundreds of school children who live near the surrounding monarch sanctuaries.

Estela was a child living in Angangueo when the monarch overwintering sanctuaries were “discovered” in 1975.  Her family has a long history living in the town as well as working with of the first scientists who came to study the monarchs. She also helps Monarchs Across Georgia by purchasing and delivering books using funds collected for the Mexico Book Project. 
Estela will be visiting five schools in the metro-Atlanta and Athens area, speaking with students about her life experiences with the monarchs. She will also be making two public appearances during her week-long stay in Georgia. For more information about these free events, visit the links below.

Sunday, September 16, 2018
2:00 - 4:00 pm The Flight of the Butterflies movie showing included in this free event.
Dunwoody Nature Center, 5343 Roberts Drive, Dunwoody, GA 30338

Tuesday, September 18, 2018
7:00 pm (reception following) Reservations requested by September 11
State Botanical Garden Visitor Center, 2450 S. Milledge Avenue, Athens, GA 30605

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Monarchs Across Georgia Pollinator Symposium
Please join Monarchs Across Georgia for our second Pollinator Symposium featuring renowned speakers, butterfly/ nature walks, exhibitors and demonstrations on Saturday, September 22, 2018 from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm at

Monastery of the Holy Spirit (Visitor Center)
2625 GA Highway 212 SW
Conyers, GA 30094

Jaret Daniels


Roadside Management for Pollinators
Dr. Jaret Daniels is Associate Professor of Entomology at the University of Florida and the Director of the McGuire Center for Lepidoptera and Biodiversity at the Florida Museum of Natural History. He will provide details of his road ecology research and the development of best practices to help native pollinators in these unique conservation systems.

 

  Jennifer Leavey

Using Technology to Study Bees: The Georgia Tech Honey Bee Project
Dr. Jennifer Leavey is the Integrated Science Curriculum Coordinator for the Georgia Tech College of Sciences and a faculty member in the School of Biological Sciences. As Director of the Georgia Tech Honey Bee Project, she will share how students have been using cutting-edge methods to find optimal bee habit, design devices to study bees remotely, and explore the impact of urban environments on bees.

 

Tim Spira

 
Bees, Butterflies, Birds and More: Interactions Between Plants and Pollinators
Dr. Tim Spira is a plant ecologist, native plant gardener, and professor emeritus at Clemson University where he taught plant ecology and field botany. He will discuss how plant-pollinator interactions have played an important role in generating the diversity of flowers that we see (and enjoy) in nature.


The deadline for online pre-registration is September 15, 2018. The cost is $50.00 for EEA members; $75.00 for non-members. Payment can be made by MasterCard or Visa online or by mailing a check. This fee includes presentations by three speakers, lunch, and participation in one afternoon session (butterfly/ nature walks or demonstrations). Afternoon sessions are limited to 20 participants each. REGISTRATION FORM

Agenda & Speaker Biographies
Afternoon Session Descriptions
List of Exhibitors

For questions concerning this event, contact Sharon McCullough at [email protected] or 706-474-0353.

Monarchs & More Curriculum Guide
Professional Development/ Citizen Science Training

Monarchs Across Georgia (MAG) offers professional development opportunities for nonformal and formal educators as well as outreach options.

Our Educator Workshops range from 5-10 hours in length and are facilitated by experienced environmental educators. Ten-hour workshops are accredited by the Georgia Department of Education with one Professional Leaning Unit (PLU). Fees usually range from $50-$100 per person, dependent on the cost of materials and supplies.

These workshops cover basic monarch biology and ecology, monarch citizen science projects (Journey North, Project Monarch Health, Monarch Larva Monitoring Project, and Monarch Watch tagging), and creating pollinator habitats.  The Monarchs and More: An Inquiry and Arthropod-Based Curriculum is basis for the monarch butterfly studies and schoolyard ecology explorations included in the workshop. Curricula are divided into grade-level specific lessons for K-2, 3-6, and Middle School teachers with a strong interdisciplinary approach incorporating concepts and skills in science, math, reading, writing, art and social studies. Lessons are congruent with K-8 concept and process standards as outlined in the National Academy of Science's National Science Education Standards (1996) and correlated to the Georgia Performance Standards.

Citizen Science Training are also available and range in length from 3-5 hours. Journey North, Project Monarch Health, Monarch Larva Monitoring Project, and Monarch Watch tagging demonstrations and field work are included. Fees usually range from $25-$50 per person, dependent on the cost of materials and supplies.  

For more information or to set up an on-site workshop or training, contact us by emailing [email protected]. MAG workshop and training participants registering through the Environmental Education Alliance of Georgia (EEA) website are required to become EEA members.

Our outreach options include event exhibits and speaking engagements. Email [email protected] with your requests.