Conservation group meeting on butterfly habitats

The Big Oaks Conservation Society will conduct a meeting at 6:30 p.m. Monday at the Jefferson County Public Library, 420 W. Main St., Madison.

Kirsten Carlson will present on the habitat needs of monarch butterflies. She will offer strategies that people can do at home to help bring back the declining population of eastern monarchs. She also will provide gardening tips to help honeybees and native bees and other pollinators. Her presentation will be for all ages, young to seasoned gardeners.

Carlson is a former high school biology teacher who has a Bachelor of Science in biology from Indiana University and a Master of Science in secondary science education from IU. She also has her Master of Science certification in special education. She currently is an adjunct instructor in the biological sciences at Ivy Tech Community College.

She has focused her interests for the past eight years on working with schools and other groups to create pollinator habitats, Monarch Waystations along with tagging monarch butterflies for MonarchWatch and to provide outreach programming regarding the monarch butterfly.

Carlson has provided many workshops for teachers and presentations for others on creating pollinator/monarch habitats and support to collecting, rearing and tagging monarchs. She currently is the area team lead for the Monarch Wings Across the Eastern Broadleaf Forest, which focuses on using volunteers to collect specific host/pollinator plants for monarch butterflies and other pollinators.

The Big Oaks Conservation Society is the nonprofit support group of the Big Oaks National Wildlife Refuge near Madison.

Information: 812-273-0783