Former First Lady Laura Bush visited Austin’s Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center Wednesday.
She delivered the keynote address for the South Central Monarch Symposium, first giving an update on her family.
“President Bush at age 92 and Bar at 91 are both happy and in good spirits, and George and I believe they’re both showing us how to age with grace,” said Mrs. Bush.
The former First Lady spoke in front of more than 80 leaders of wildlife conservation organizations about the 80 percent decrease in the Monarch butterfly population.
Her goal is to find a way to increase the population by 50 percent.
“Oklahoma and Texas are so important to this effort because all monarchs of the eastern populations pass through these two states,” says Laura Bush.
As the First Lady, Laura Bush was the Honorary Chair of the National Park Foundation. She worked to spotlight natural wonders, touring more than 30 national parks.
Organizers say Mrs. Bush has taken their efforts to the next level, continuing Lady Bird Johnson’s legacy.