Williams hosts presentation about Monarchs migration Friday

TUPPER LAKE – Continuing The Wild Center’s focus on the amazing monarch butterfly this year, Ernest Williams will host a program at 1 p.m. Friday to talk about the Monarch’s migration and how humans can support this endangered spectacle.

The migration of monarch butterflies between eastern North America and central Mexico is an endangered biological phenomenon. Despite the butterflies’ high reproductive potential, the migratory population has declined in size over the past 20 years, and losses in both the breeding and overwintering habitats are implicated in this decline.

Studies of the dense overwintering aggregations show how the butterflies take advantage of the insulating property of the forest canopy and how cutting of the forest reduces the likelihood of winter survival.

A biologist at Hamilton College for the past 30 years, Williams studies the population biology and conservation of butterflies. His fieldwork has focused on monarch butterflies at the Mexican overwintering sites, frosted elfin butterflies in central New York sand plains, and checkerspot butterflies in Rocky Mountain meadows.

“Flight of the Butterflies” will be showing throughout the day.

This event is free. Admission to visit the Center exhibitions and films is additional.