The Chippewa Soil and Water Conservation District is hosting its annual women's workshop, an evening event focused on providing an opportunity for the women landowners in the county to gather together and focus on local topics related to conservation. Women of Chippewa County are invited to Wild About Wings, an opportunity to learn more about butterflies and moths.

"Butterflies and moths are interesting to most people because of their brilliant colors and dramatic life cycle changes from caterpillar to wings," says Desirae Sharp, Chippewa SWCD staff, "but butterflies and moths also make valuable contributions as pollinators and are facing significant survival challenges due to habitat loss and pesticide use." The event is being held Thursday, June 22 at the Lac qui Parle Sate Park, 5:30-8:45 pm. The workshop will begin with a meal followed by a program. Both the workshop and meal are free.

This year's program will feature Dr. Robin Thomson, Curator of the Insect Collection in the Depart-ment of Entomology at the University of Minnesota. She will be covering some of the fascinating facts and differences between butterflies and moths and will have species collections on hand for viewing. Minnesota's state insect, the Monarch Butterfly, and a unique monitoring program will be highlighted by the Lac qui Parle State Park staff. The evening will conclude with an opportunity to explore surrounding native plantings for butterflies, moths and other exciting insects. Contact Desirae Sharp, Chippewa SWCD at 320-269-2139 ext 3 or desirae.sharp@mn.nacdnet.net with questions and to register. Please RSVP by June 15.