Monarch photo

May 25, 2018

SIU and the Chicago Field Museum unite to bring a monarch butterfly workshop and listening session to Carbondale

by Hannah Erickson

CARBONDALE, Ill. — Monarch butterflies and other pollinators are in decline across the nation, but scientists say there is still hope to reverse this trend.

Southern Illinois University is partnering with the Field Museum in Chicago on several projects with the goal of creating better habitats for these species. By refining mapping tools and strategies along the migration path, scientists hope to build a more sustainable future.

Workshop and listening session

On June 5, Chicago Field Museum scientists will hold a workshop and listening session at the SIU University Farms. This event will allow the community to learn about the monarch conservation work, and provide an opportunity to offer input and join the cause.

Registration still open

The event will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and will be held at 3373 W. Pleasant Hill Road in Carbondale. A light lunch will be provided.

Registration is still available, but space is limited. Email Missy Houghland at or call 618-453-4551 for more information.