©2010-2013 Sherry Skipper Spurgeon All Rights Reserved.
I am a teacher and have been raising butterflies for a number of years. Any errors I make are my own and I do my best to include the most up-to-date information available based on my own experience as well as data collected from scientific experts.
Monarchs are just one of the many species that I raise in the bathroom of my home. My interest in this particular species stems from the dire straits they are in nationally due to the loss of habitat. Many people are familiar with the Monarchs east of the Rocky Mountains because they hear of their long-distance flight to Central Mexico each winter. Fewer people are aware about the Monarchs on the West Coast; these fly to the coastline of California during the winter and not to Mexico.
The Monarch is unique in that it has a number of health issues that other species do not have. Keeping up-to-date on these issues and communicating with research scientists and then sharing the information is key; the internet provides an excellent medium. I teach butterfly science courses for teachers and students, incorporating a number of species into my presentations. Although I am not a scientist, I try to impart my personal experiences and information learned to help others as they raise not only Monarchs but other butterflies as well.
The environmental impact that butterflies have is tremendous. Through education, we can make a difference. I hope that my website proves to be helpful in spreading information that will keep the majestic Monarch from the endangered species list and make people aware of the importance pollinators have in our world.
For information about other species, check out My Butterfly Guide.