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Lecture reveals perplexing relationship between monarchs, milkweed

February 13, 2019
Island Reporter, Captiva Current, Sanibel-Captiva Islander

Author Anurag Agrawal will present a free program about his book, "Monarchs and Milkweed: A Migrating Butterfly, a Poisonous Plant, and Their Remarkable Story of Coevolution," on Feb. 22 at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. as part of the 2019 lecture series at the J.N. "Ding' Darling National Wildlife Refuge.

Agrawal, the James Perkins Endowed Chair in environmental studies at Cornell University, won the 2017 National Outdoor Book Award in Nature and Environment for "Monarchs and Milkweed," which was also named one of's 10 Best Biology Books of 2017.

The author will sign copies of his books, available in the Refuge Nature Store, following the two lectures. Profits from the store's sales directly benefit refuge wildlife, education and research.

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Anurag Agrawal will sign copies of his book, “Monarch and Milkweed.”

HighTower/Thomas & Swartz Wealth Management sponsors the 11-lecture series with support from the "Ding" Darling Wildlife Society-Friends of the Refuge. The free lectures are held on Fridays through April 12. The remaining schedule is listed below; some include book signings:

- March 1: Author Warner Shedd, "Owls Aren't Wise and Bats Aren't Blind: A Naturalist Debunks Our Favorite Fallacies about Wildlife"*

- March 8: Yve Morrell, "The Big Year: A First for Women"

- March 15: Jeremy Conrad, "Sea Level Rise: Globally & Locally"

- March 22: Dusty "Wildman" Crum, Robbie and Geoff Roepstorff, and Mike Kirkland, "Pythons: The Hunters, the Science"

- March 29: Marine scientist Lauren Blickley, "Drastic Plastic - Turning the Tide on Plastic Pollution"

- April 5: Ornithologist Dr. Jerry Lorenz, "Flamingos & Spoonbills: Pink Canaries in a Coal Mine"

- April 12: Author Denege Patterson, "Five Islands Never Flooded: A Tour of the Islands of Pine Island Sound, Florida"*

*book signing to follow

Seating for the lectures is limited and available on a first-come basis. Early arrivals can save one seat and one extra one with personal items, then may explore the Visitor & Education Center or Indigo Trail before the lecture starts. Saved seats must be filled 15 minutes before lecture time.

For more information, call 239-472-1100 ext. 241 or visit The J.N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge is at 1 Wildlife Drive, Sanibel.



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