Sunday, September 12, 2010

Butterfly Days

Most summers we spend at least a few afternoons at The Naturium, a local garden centre and butterfly 'place'. They have a greenhouse full of tropical butterflies, a butterfly garden, a huge display room full of specimens from around the world, and many educational programs related to butterflies and insects. This weekend we went over with some friends to explore Butterfly Days - a series of weekends in September dedicated to tagging and releasing Monarch butterflies for their autumn migration to Mexico. The kids were thrilled to watch a butterfly being tagged (small stickers put on the underside of a wing that contains tracking information)and released. Later on they spotted one that had already been tagged relaxing on some flowers and likely preparing for the long trip ahead. We even say a female monarch laying eggs on some milkweed plants in the greenhouse.

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