Kittitas County Community Events Calendar
Kittitas Audubon Monarch Butterflies
The May meeting of Kittitas Audubon will be a program on Monarch Butterflies, presented by
Denny Grandstrand of the Yakima Audubon chapter. The meeting will be held
Thursday, May 15, at 7:00 P.M. at the Hal Holmes Center of the Ellensburg Public Library.
in 2008 Denny and his wife went to see the wintering Monarch butterflies in the mountains in
eastern Michoacan, Mexico. Before 1975 lepidopterists (butterfly experts) knew
all of the Monarchs in the eastern United States migrated south, but no one knew their
destination. Fred Urquhart, a Canadian zoologist, and his wife, Norah Roden Urquhart,
started searching for that mysterious wintering ground in the 1960s. They developed a network
of people interested in butterflies all over the eastern United States and soon had many people tagging Monarchs.
It wasn't until 1975 that members of their team found where the Monarchs wintered. Of course, the Michoacan
people have known the secret for many generations. The Monarchs show up in central Mexico close to November 1st.
The Day of the Dead, when Mexicans celebrate the deaths of their ancestors.
The Granstrand's trip to the high forests where the Monarchs winter was an unforgettable experience.
Come and join us and experience for yourself, as they describe one of the great migration spectacles on earth.
Denny Grandstrand has been birding for over 35 years, with an interest in all creatures,
especially the ones that fly. He pioneered "Bird Alert" in the outdoors section of the Yakima Herald
Republic, writing that column for 2 1/2 years. He is also a regular contributor of photographs to go with
Andy Stepniewski's "Wildlife Moment" that appears monthly in the Herald Republic's Outdoors section.
This program is sponsored jointly by Kittitas Audubon and the Ellensburg Public Library.