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September 3 @ 10:00 AM - 4:00 PMFREE
The International Union for Conservation of Nature recently added the migratory monarch butterfly, known for their flight to California and Mexico during the winter, to their “Red List,” a compilation of animals that they deem endangered. The native populations of this butterfly have shrunk by at least 22% in the past decade, due to numerous factors, including deforestation, pesticides, and climate change. Deforestation in Mexico and California to clear the way for urban spaces, has destroyed much of the monarch’s shelter. Pesticides and herbicides used in large-scale agriculture have killed butterflies and milkweed, the plant that the larvae feed off of. Drought, wildfires, and extreme weather and temperatures caused by climate change has also damaged these butterflies’ homes, as well as killed many of them. In celebration of these beautiful creatures, the VIC has organized a Monarch Fest, completely free for the public. Events included are:
- A tour of our butterfly house, where you can admire monarch butterflies and watch a demonstration on how they are tagged.
- 11:00 AM – Children’s author and illustrator Maxwell Eaton III reading his book The Truth About Butterflies. (See separate event for more details.)
- 12:15 PM – Child-friendly music by Cindy Watson. Listen to samples of her music at: https://www.amazon.com/Portable-Campfire-Cindy-Watson/dp/B07DSDFC66. (See separate event for more details.)