Posted on Dec 6, 2013 in Campus News and News
“Moving for Monarchs,“ the dance, film and photography project that visited KU in June to work with Monarch Watch program director Orley “Chip” Taylor on a campaign to raise awareness about the butterflies, plans to release its first short film, “First Flight,” on Jan. 1. The movie includes footage and photography shot at Monarch Watch’s West Campus butterfly garden and on the Konza Prairie south of Manhattan.
As reported by Kansas Alumni in September, project director Gwynedd Vetter-Drusch, a New York City ballerina and actress, hopes the “Moving for Monarchs” campaign inspires people to heed Taylor’s call to make the planting of milkweed and nectar plants that sustain monarchs a national priority. Taylor, KU professor of ecology and evolutionary biology and longtime director of Monarch Watch, has warned that monarch populations are declining due to loss of habitat. Recent statistics suggest the North American population declined by 59 percent from 2012 to 2013, to some of the lowest levels ever recorded.
In addition to the film release, “Moving for Monarchs” plans a dance concert series and grassroots “plant n’ dance” community events that urge people to participate in the Monarch Waystations program (which promotes the planting of milkweed and other butterfly-friendly plants in backyard gardens) administered by Monarch Watch.
Photo by Gabriella Garcia-Pardo for Moving for Monarchs