’79 graduate tapped as monarch expert


SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Tennessee resident Wanda Terhaar DeWard, a 1979 Slippery Rock University masters in environmental education graduate, has become a sought-after educator on monarch butterfly migration.  She was recruited recently to teach a butterfly workshop in Oklahoma.

DeWard, who lives near Great Smokey Mountains National Park, has been doing monarch butterfly research and education for years. She tags monarchs on their fall migration through Tennessee and on to Mexico. 

She said someone in Mexico recently found a tag she had placed on a Monarch in 2000. 

Since beginning her research in Great Smokey Mountain National Park, she said many local residents have taken up monarch studies as a hobby.