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Here is my brief butterfly history:
In 2002, I earned a communication degree from FAU. That year, coincidentally, was the first year I dabbled in butterfly gardening.
I began to raise Monarchs, and it took over my life!
I worked in a communication position for 8 years, but would rush home every evening to tend to my urban butterfly habitat. By then, I hosted over 20 species in my yard, but wanted to know more and wished I had studied entomology at UF instead of communication...you live and learn.
Spending time in the garden changed me, and I felt it was my life assignment to "tell the butterfly story."
The recession of 2010 took my job and in a moment of insanity, I Googled "butterfly jobs" to try my luck. By the Grace of God, a position came up and I was hired within days!
For the next 7 years I worked at a world famous tropical butterfly house as a tour guide and educator. I loved it, but my true passion was native butterfly education.
Eventually, by divine grace, I went back to school and was able to study entomology and horticulture at UF. After that, I quit my job at the butterfly place to seek out a new journey of teaching people "the butterfly story".
This path is yet unfolding, but I study butterflies endlessly. There is so much to learn. I write books and create online lectures and do all I can to connect people to the amazing world of butterflies just outside their doors.
My husband and I spend most of the year in south Florida, where our garden now hosts over 40 species. We also spend time in Columbia County Oregon during the warm months where I am learning about butterflies and cold weather.
I hope you see a butterfly today!
Jessica Morgan McAtee