John Baumann is a Naturalist, Conservationist, Photographer, and Vice President of the Washington Butterfly Association. His presentation on Thursday, February 1, 2018 at 6:30pm at CenterPlace, 2426 N Discovery Pl, Spokane Valley, WA is entitled “Monarch Butterflies and more in the Inland Northwest.” Butterflies are more than just another pretty bug. They’re pollinators and indicators of a healthy environment. They play a role in natural pest control as well as being nourishment for birds and bats. Of course, they’re also beautiful. No getting around that. Butterflies and moths pollinate 8% of the world’s flowering plants. Unfortunately, with habitat fragmentation and too many deer over-browsing the understory, some butterfly species are really struggling. What can you do? Plenty! With a bit of planning and a few simple tweaks, you can transform your patch of the world into a haven for butterflies. Whether you garden in a container or on several acres, you can make a difference--come and learn how. Year after year when autumn comes, following a primeval call that still remains a mystery to Science, the North American monarch butterfly undertakes the longest known voyage in the insect world. This is a unique and amazing phenomenon, the monarch is the only butterfly known to make a two-way migration as birds do. After spending the summer in the native fields and forests of United States and Canada, millions of these fragile insects start, at the end of summer and the beginning of autumn, a 3,000 mile journey south and spend the winter in the warmer central Mexico's majestic Sierra Madre Oriental Mountains. John Baumann has an infectious enthusiasm for these colorful masterpieces that he’s eager to pass on. Like butterflies, this is a free event.