Last Chance Café: the Secret Life of a Goldenrod Field with Mike Weilbacher (Sept. 29)

Thursday, September 29 7:00 pm
Thursday, September 29 8:00 pm


Goldenrod fields—the villains in thousands of allergy-relief commercials—are a critically important ecosystem for millions of butterflies, bugs and birds. They are the last chance for life-saving pollen and nectar before the long winter sets in. In a lively, colorful and photo-filled presentation, Preserve naturalist Mike Weilbacher will share the wonderful life histories of the many species found in these fields, including monarch butterflies, bumblebees, praying mantises, crab spiders, peacock flies, assassin bugs and the plants themselves: asters, goldenrods, milkweeds and thistles. This class will inspire a deep appreciation for this critical ecosystem.

Naturalist Mike Weilbacher is executive director of the Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education in Philadelphia’s Roxborough section. An award-winning environmental educator for 40 years, Weilbacher writes a weekly column for the Roxborough Review and is well known to public radio listeners as “Mike the All-Natural Science Guy” on the live children’s radio show “Kid’s Corner” on WXPN.

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This lecture is part of our Thursday Night Nature series. The series features presentations by regionally renowned experts who address a wide range of topics related to natural history, biodiversity, ecological gardening, native plants and native wildlife.