“Migrations” Live Butterfly Exhibit
April 27-July 7
The majestic Monarch butterfly is famous for its astonishing 3000-mile migration from Canada to Mexico. Discover the paths and perils of the Monarch as you “follow” their route in this exhibit. You can also learn whether other butterflies travel distances and how a species survives without migrating, since many local species escape the cold without leaving home. In the midst of the exhibit you can enjoy a personal encounter with hundreds of non-migratory tropical butterflies as they fly, feed, and offer an array of color. You can share your family’s migration on our world map Great-Grandfather’s country of origin to your current home.
Butterfly Attendants Needed at the Conservatory
Training in March and April
Do you enjoy butterflies? As the Conservatory prepares for its 17th year of live butterflies, we are recruiting Butterfly Attendants to assist visitors, share information about butterflies, and prevent butterfly escapes. Training is required; multiple class dates are available. Once trained, volunteers can choose among 2- or 3-hour work shifts Tuesdays through Sundays from April 27 through July 7.
Painted Lady Hatch & Release
Saturday, March 23, 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun
Participate in the Conservatory’s “Hatch & Release” program by purchasing a butterfly kit and growing the caterpillar to adulthood. You can stop by the Botanical Conservatory’s booth at the Fort Wayne Home & Garden Show, February 28-March 3 to access kits and learn more about butterfly gardening, or visit the Conservatory Gift Shop starting March 5. The butterfly’s lifecycle is a process of four stages: egg, caterpillar, chrysalis, and adult. You can celebrate your butterfly’s emergence by releasing it into the Conservatory’s Tropical Garden. Whether you have a butterfly ready for release or not, the public is welcome to visit and learn about the Painted Lady, native butterflies, and butterfly gardening. If temperatures are warm enough, your butterfly can be released outdoors! Included in regular admission. For more information, call (260) 427-6445.
Please note, the end date for releasing a Painted Lady butterfly in the Tropical Garden is April 7th.
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