Volunteers Needed for Sunday’s Monarch Butterfly Festival

By David Klassen

THE FULLY FORMED ADULT WEIGHS ABOUT HALF A GRAM. IT IS UNABLE TO GROW ANY LARGER AND WILL NOT MOLT AGAIN. THE PROCESS OF METAMORPHOSIS IS NOW COMPLETE. THERE'S BEEN A TOTAL CHANGE FROM ONE FORM TO ANOTHER. THE LARVA WAS FOR FEEDING ONLY. THE ADULT IS ONLY FOR MATING. MONARCH BUTTERFLY ADULT DANAUS PLEXIPPUS

Volunteers are still needed as the Living Prairie Museum hosts the 3rd Annual Monarch Butterfly Festival on Sunday.

A guided prairie hike will kick things off at noon with a naturalist taking visitors on a stroll to show them why Living Prairie Museum is the perfect place for many butterflies.

The rest of the day is scheduled as follows:

12:15 p.m. — Storytelling — Joe McLellan will be reading from his latest children’s story “Nanabosho and the Butterfly”.

1:00 p.m. — Meet a Butterfly Scientist — Join university butterfly research student Jaimee Dupont as she shares her findings from the field.

1:15 p.m. — Second Guided Prairie Hike — Take a stroll with a naturalist and learn why Living Prairie Museum is the perfect place for many butterflies.

2:00 p.m. — “Interpreting the Language of Butterfly Wing Colours” — Join Dr. Jeffrey Marcus for a discussion on the unique and colourful patterns of butterflies.

Storytelling — Joe McLellan will be reading from his latest children’s story “Nanabosho and the Butterfly”.

3:00 p.m. — Butterfly Gardening Workshop — Learn how to create your own butterfly garden using native prairie plants. John Morgan of Prairie Habitats teaches you the tips and tricks to create a backyard butterfly oasis.

Butterfly Boulevard Planting Party — Calling all kids! Roll up your sleeves and get your hands dirty by helping us plant a butterfly garden on the boulevard!

3:45 p.m. — Butterfly release and Closing Ceremonies — Door prize and colouring contest winners will be announced.
All-day activities include life-cycle displays, crafts, face-painting and activities for all ages.

The Monarch Butterfly Festival runs until 4 p.m. at 2795 Ness Avenue.

Admission to the event is free, but donations will be gladly accepted. For more information or to volunteer, call the museum at 832-0167.


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