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Monarch Conservation: All Hands on Deck! Free NRWA Program on Zoom

As we’re observing the sea-sonal changes around us this year, many may be noticing that there are very few monarch butterflies to be seen. In fact, the monarch butterfly population has declined by 90% over the past two decades, and the species is currently being reviewed for protection under the federal Endangered Species Act.
     Nashua River Watershed Association invites the public to a free Zoom presentation “Monarch Conservation: All Hands on Deck!” on Tuesday, September 1, from 7-8 p.m. Join in online from the comfort of home. Registration is required to acquire the link to the program; that link can be found on NRWA’s website, www. NashuaRiverWatershed.org, under the Programs & Events listing on the lower left of the homepage.
     Presenter will be Haley Andreozzi, Wildlife Program Manager at the University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension. Haley will explore monarch ecology and life cycles, information on conservation actions for monarchs and other pollinators, and an introduction to community science programs to help monitor the species.
     Key threats to the species include loss of overwintering habitat in Mexico, loss of breeding habitat in the US and Canada, climate change, and disease. New Hampshire is one of many states across the species range to include the Monarch in their state wildlife action plan as a species of greatest conservation need. Monarchs represent one of the largest conservation efforts ever for a single species and there are many ways for individuals, communities, and conservation organizations to get involved.
     NRWA is a local non-profit environmental organization that provides water and land protec- tion and environmental educa- tion programs in 32 communities in north central Massachusetts and southern New Hampshire. Learn more on our website, www. NashuaRiverWatershed.org, and consider becoming a member.
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