Monarchs as a Model for Change in Habitat Conservation

Monday, May 8, 2017 from 6:30pm – 8pm
Presenter: Cathy Downs of Monarch Watch
Amon G. Carter, Jr. – Downtown YMCA at 512 Lamar Street

For thousands of years Monarchs and other butterflies have been a symbol of spiritual transformation. In more recent times they have become the icon for physical transformation of the landscape. The Monarch decline amplified a host of much larger issues and has become a symbol of multinational cooperation in restoring and conserving native plant habitat for all pollinators. We’ll follow the history of the Monarch populations and how this enigmatic insect was able to capture the hope and great efforts of three nations.

Bio: Cathy has worked with butterfly conservation and habitat since she became a Hill Country Chapter Master Naturalist in 2005. She partnered with Monarch Watch as a Monarch Conservation Specialist in 2012 and loves to travel through Texas providing outreach and education.

Her favorite passion is working with children in the field and she encourages everyone she trains to bring children into the garden with them…“they have better eyes, smaller hands and they are closer to the ground” for monitoring larva and using nets! Cathy proudly claims to have provided over 65,000 children with natural science or outdoor education.

Cathy also currently chairs the Bring Back the Monarchs to Texas (BBMT) program for Native Plant Society of Texas ( and is a certified Monarch Larval Monitoring Project educator (

Cathy was born and raised in New England and retired to Comfort, TX in 2004 from a 30 year career owning and operating her own retail businesses.

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