Monarch butterflies PHOTO COURTESY OF DAVE HAWKINS

Monarch butterfly talk



SOUTHWEST HARBOR — Teacher Jim West will give a presentation about the life of the monarch butterfly at the Southwest Harbor Public Library on Tuesday, Aug. 2, at 5:30 p.m.

West will discuss the life cycle, the population dispersion in North America and migration patterns of monarch butterflies. He also will talk about the plight of the population and concerns for future generations of monarchs.

West’s teaching career started with special needs students at DeLand High School. There he started a horticulture and lepidoptera studies course, planting butterfly gardens on 22 campuses and a 750 plant garden at DeLeon Springs State Park.

While teaching horticulture and landscape design at Lincoln High School in Tallahassee, his students installed over 8,000 plants and trees, transforming the look of the campus.

West continues to build butterfly gardens for private clients and on public land. He teaches a continuing education course on butterfly gardening at Stetson University in DeLand, Fla.

Call the library at 244-7065.

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