The Monarch is the most widely recognized and beloved butterfly and it is in trouble. Pesticides, habitat loss and deforestation have all conspired to reduce their population to a fraction of what it once was. Their decline has been fast and precipitous.
Evi Buckner-Opler’s illustrated presentation will feature mostly her own images on the natural history, migration, and conservation of the Monarch. Many of the photos are of images taken on Evi and Paul’s trip to the Monarch overwintering sites in Michoacán, Mexico.
Evi will suggest ways in which we can all help the plight of this iconic butterfly to insure the species’ survival. Recently, the Monarch has reached a higher level of prominence due to a petition by the Xerces Society and others directed to the Secretary of Interior to place that species on the U.S. Threatened Species under provisions of the Endangered Species Act.
Evi Buckner-Opler is an accomplished lecturer, photographer, and artist. She was born in Oberammergau, Germany. She has lived in Colorado since 1976, and became intrigued with butterflies, especially Monarchs, after she met and married renown lepidopterist, Paul Opler.
Evi’s presentation will include images taken on Evi and Paul’s trip to the Monarch overwintering sites in Michoacán, Mexico.