April 7, 2017 - 5:30PM - Freeport RiverPlace


Sage-Rubbed Roasted Pork
Smoky Borracho Beans
Cranberry-Apple Salad
Cornbread Dressing
Kahlua Chocolate Cake
Iced tea and water

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Guest speaker Cathy Downs
    For thousands of years Monarchs and other butterflies have been a symbol of spiritual transformation.   In more recent times they have become the icon for physical transformation of the landscape.   The Monarch decline amplified a host of much larger issues and has become a symbol of multinational cooperation in restoring and conserving native plant habitat for all pollinators.   We'll follow the history of the Monarch populations and how this enigmatic insect was able to capture the hope and great efforts of three nations.
    Cathy has worked with butterfly conservation and habitat since she became a Hill Country Chapter Master Naturalist in 2005.   She partnered with Monarch Watch as a Monarch Conservation Specialist in 2012 and loves to travel through Texas providing outreach and education.
Migration Celebration 2017 will begin with kickoff activities at Freeport RiverPlace on Friday, April 7 starting at 5:30 PM featuring an exhibit of our photo contest submissions.
Our traditional sage-rubbed roasted pork dinner will be served at 6:15, followed by a keynote presentation by Cathy Downs of Monarch Watch on "Monarch as a Model for Change."
The Vision of Monarch Watch states:
"In recognition of the rapid loss of habitats and resources needed by monarch butterflies in the United States, Canada, and Mexico, it is clear that the preservation of the monarch migration will require stewardship by the governments and private citizens of all three countries.   We all must work together to create, conserve, and protect monarch habitats.   Sustaining monarch habitats will have the effect of protecting vital pollinators and other wildlife".
The serving line will be open from 6:15 to 7:15 pm.   All food is prepared and served by Migration Celebration volunteers.  
Dinner tickets will be available for purchase after February 10, 2017.  A limited number of dinner tickets will be available at the door.
For further information about ticket purchases see the instructions below.

Instructions for purchasing dinner tickets
Tickets will be available for purchase after February 10, 2017


Please mail your request to:
         Friends of Brazoria Wildlife Refuges
         Dinner Ticket Sales
         P.O Box 505
         Lake Jackson, Texas 77566-0505          

Please include the following information:
         •  Your name and mailing address.
         •  The number of adult tickets desired ($30.00 each.
         •  The number of child tickets (age 6-12) desired ($10.00 each).
         •  A check for the total amount, payable to FOBWR with footnote "Kickoff".
         •  A stamped self-addressed envelope.

If you wish to pay by credit card, please include the credit card number, expiration date, security code on back of card and brand (Visa, Mastercard, American Express, or Discover).

Please call us at 844-84-BIRDS and leave a message including the following information:
         •  Your name and mailing address.
         •  The number of adult tickets desired ($30.00 each).
         •  The number of child tickets (age 6-12) desired ($10.00).
         •  Your telephone number we can use to contact you to obtain payment information.   Please specify the best time to call.   It may be a day or two before we return your call.

If you have further questions about ticket purchases, please send an e-mail message to or call us at 844-84-BIRDS and leave a detailed message.