“Monarch Butterfly Migration in North America: What Does the Future Hold?” is the next lecture of the 33rd Delicate Balance of Nature lecture series. Sponsored by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Dagny Johnson Key Largo Hammock Botanical State Park, the presentation on Wednesday, Feb. 14, welcomes Sonia Altizer, University of Georgia’s Martha Odum distinguished ecology professor.

The annual migration of monarch butterflies appears to be unraveling in response to a changing environment. Altizer will examine leading-edge science on how and why monarchs migrate. She will discuss how emerging monarch responses to human activity hint at the new normal for this species.

Learn more about these butterflies at the visitor center and aquarium building at John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park, located at MM 102.5, oceanside. There is no cost to enter the park for the lecture series. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the lecture begins at 7:30. Seating is limited, so it is recommended that visitors arrive on time to be assured of a seat in the auditorium, which is wheelchair accessible. Bring your own cushion for added seating comfort. Temperatures in the auditorium vary and a sweater or light jacket may be desired. Please help us to accommodate those who are chemically sensitive by not wearing fragrances and other scented products.  

For more information or accessibility needs, contact Elena Muratori, park services specialist, at John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park, 305-676-3786. For more information on Florida’s State Parks, visit