The MONARCH Butterfly is in the spotlight Sunday. It’s the 11th annual Monarch Butterfly Festival at the Living Prairie Museum, a 30 acre tall grass preserve at 2795 Ness in St. James. It’s home to over 160 species of prairie plants and one of the few remaining fragments of a once vast ecosystem.
Rain or Shine, The Monarch Butterfly gets top billing from noon until 4pm. It’s a FREE family event and anyone who loves nature will love this. The afternoon is filled with presentation, storytelling crafts , hikes and fabulous LIVE displays of the beautiful Monarch Butterfly. Members from The ZOO , Monarch Teachers Network , Public Library , the City’s Insect Control Branch and Manitoba EcoNetwork will add their knowledge.
Did you know….???…Monarch butterflies embark on a marvelous migratory phenomenon. They travel between 2,000 – 5,000 kilometres; their two-month journey is the second longest migration of all known insects. The butterflies travel from Canada south to the United States and hibernate in the forest mountains of Mexico. The butterflies hibernate in Mexico in a moderate climate before they head back North. Adult monarch butterflies possess two pairs of brilliant orange-red wings, featuring black veins and white spots along the edges. Males, who possess distinguishing black dots along the veins of their wings, are slightly bigger than females. Each adult butterfly lives for a maximum of four to six weeks.
Just a reminder , each family will receive a free milkweed plant, which the Monarch thrives on , so come out and enjoy a real Natural Sunday. Bring a T-shirt to silk screen as a festival memento and learn how you can help The Monarch survive.