Programs on butterflies, gardening

ESCANABA — Michigan State University Extension entomologists will put on a session on “Smart Gardening for Monarch Butterflies & The Squash Bee Citizen Science Project,” followed by a “Healthy Hives” clinic Saturday at the Escanaba Community Garden, located at the corner of South Lincoln Road and 23rd Avenue South.

The Smart Gardening segment will run from 8 a.m. to noon, with the clinic to follow from 1 to 4 p.m.

Monarch butterflies are important pollinators, while squash bees are native solitary bees that specialize in pollinating squash flowers.

To register, visit https://events.anr.msu.edu/19SquashBeeFieldDay Escanaba/. An MSU Extension Master Gardener program will be offered from 5 to 9:30 p.m. Aug. 20 through Nov. 19 at Bay de Noc Community College, 525 ITV Conference Room, Student Center, Escanaba. The cost is $325, with registration due by Aug. 9. Dec. 3 will be a make-up date in the case of inclement weather.

To register, visit https://events.anr.msu. edu/mgvpdelta191/. For details, contact Rebecca Krans at 906-875-0606 or email kransr@msu.edu.