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Saturday, August 25 is Audubon’s Monarch Butterfly Festival
Saturday, August 25 is Audubon’s Monarch Butterfly Festival

Jamestown, NY – Visitors of all ages are sure to be fascinated by the offerings at the Audubon Center and Sanctuary’s Monarch Butterfly Festival.

On Saturday, August 25, Audubon’s auditorium will be filled with free-flying butterflies and cut flowers. The entire life cycle of the butterfly, from egg to caterpillar to chrysalis to adult, will be on display. 

Visitors they can watch the butterflies, see how they are tagged by citizen scientists, hold a caterpillar, and watch them emerge from chrysalises. 

The tagged butterflies will be released at 4:00 in a celebration in the butterfly garden. Almost all the monarch butterflies in the Eastern United States fly to very few special spots in the mountains of Mexico.

The 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. festival features Mexican food, crafts, a butterfly plant sale, butterfly nets to borrow, and more. A special monarch t-shirt sale will raise money for Audubon’s education programs. And bring your camera for “be the monarch” photo opportunities!

In preparation for the Festival, all summer Audubon’s “Monarch Mama,” butterfly expert Barbara Case, has been collecting and raising scores of monarch eggs and caterpillars. She invites people to understand and help the plight of the monarch, as she has seen a steady downward spiral in their number over the 20 years that she has been tagging them.

Visitors can tour the butterfly garden on their own or with a guide to learn about how they can use plants in their yards to help various butterflies. Case and others will answer questions about raising and tagging monarchs, growing milkweed – the caterpillars’ only food, planting a butterfly garden, and establishing a monarch way station to assist these beautiful travelers.

Monarch Butterfly Festival admission is $5 for children and Audubon members, $7 for non-members, free for ages two and under.

The Audubon Center and Sanctuary is at 1600 Riverside Road, off Route 62 between Jamestown and Warren.

This event is made possible by the dedication of volunteers, several of whom are registered with RSVP, the Retired Senior Volunteer Program.

Major Monarch Butterfly Festival sponsors are Wegmans and Whirley DrinkWorks as well as Frewsburger Pizza Shop, H&R Block of Warren, Heritage Senior Living Communities, Kings’ Heating & Sheet Metal Inc., Lena’s Pizza, Phoenix Metal, and United Refining Company.

For more information about Audubon and all its programs, call (716) 569-2345 or visit http://jamestownaudubon.org/.

For detailed instructions on raising monarchs and to follow the monarch butterfly migration, visit www.monarchwatch.org. Helpful hints on butterfly gardens are available at www.butterflywebsite.com.

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