Nature and Gardening Programs coming to Museum

The Southside Master Gardener Association will hold two programs at the South Boston – Halifax County Museum on Fridays February 15 and 22 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. These programs are free and open to the public but registration is requested and can be made by emailing or calling the Halifax Extension Office at 434-476-2147, option 0.
This monarch butterfly is very happy feeding in this backyard. Come to the Museum on February 15th and learn how to create monarch habitat in your own yard.
Photo credit: JoAnn Jones

On February 15, Master Naturalist JoAnn Jones will discuss the fragile but complex web of ecosystems that are required for successful Monarch butterfly habitat. In its summer grounds, the Monarchs need milkweed as their larval plant, meaning that eggs are laid on milkweed and provide food for the hatched caterpillars. During winter migration, the Monarchs travel to southwestern Mexico to overwinter among the oyamel fir trees. Come learn how the Monarchs accomplish this astonishing and often perilous journey and learn what you can do to provide habitat in your own backyard.
Bonnie Miles, certified bat rehabilitator and Master Naturalist, will present Bats! Be Afraid! on Friday February 22. Bonnie will discuss why you don’t need to be afraid of bats but rather learn how important they are to successful ecosystems. They provide an important service by possessing a huge appetite for bugs. These important creatures are being threatened by many factors – some of which are in our control. Learn what you can do to help protect bats.
Come and join the Master Gardeners for these presentations. Call the Halifax Extension Office at 434-476-2147, option 0 or email to make a reservation.
The museum is located at 1540 Wilborn Avenue in South Boston. Light snacks will be served and Thyme to Eat, the new Master Gardener Cookbook, will be offered for sale at each session. Hope to see you there!