The August meeting will showcase Cathy Downs from the Monarch Project. Cathy Downs was born and raised in New England. She retired to Comfort, TX
in 2004 from a 30 year career owning and operating her own retail
businesses from coast to coast.

She currently chairs the Bring Back the Monarchs to Texas (BBMT) program .
The BBMT is a monarch habitat project in cooperation with Native Plant
Society of Texas and Monarch Watch. Cathy is also a certified Monarch
Larval Monitoring Project educator and teaches Monarch biology, habitat and
migration throughout Texas.

Since certifying as a Master Naturalist in 2005, she has been teaching
children and adults about Texas butterflies and their native host plants
with an emphasis on Monarch biology and migration. Cathy raises Monarch
caterpillars for education as well as propagating native milkweeds. She
hosts live Butterfly Pavilions at Nature Centers and State Parks throughout
the Hill Country area.

Cathy has served as the Volunteer Coordinator for the Butterfly Theater at
Kerrville Schreiner Park since 2006. The 11,000 sq. ft. garden is a
certified Monarch Waystation and Monarch Larval Monitoring Project
site. Cathy also participates in the Tx. Wildlife Association Distance Learning Program. She presents her program, The Magic of Monarchs, twice a year. The program is simulcast to about 175 schools in over 25 states in both Canada and the US. As many as 6,500 children in 1st through 5th grades tune in at a time. Cathy has presented to over 70, 000 children and 7,000 adult Monarch
education clients since beginning her journey in outreach and education.

The meeting is at 7:00 p.m.in the administration building of Tarrytown United Methodist Church, 2531 Exposition Blvd., Austin. Arrive at 6:30 for snacks and seed exchange.