Did you know that the annual monarch migration south to Mexico is happening right now? By instinct, monarch butterflies fly south (sometimes as far as 2,500 miles) to Mexico every year reversing the path that their ancestors took the spring before. The monarchs arrive in Mexico sometime in November and then sometime in March they make their trip back up north to the United States and Canada.
Every year, usually sometime in mid October, these amazing butterflies make their way through Navarre, Florida which is neighboring city. We will see these beautiful butterflies around the city for several days. The bulk of the butterflies came through about a week or so ago but we are still seeing them around. In celebration of this journey, the Panhandle Butterfly House puts on a great festival called Monarch Madness.
The Panhandle Butterfly House is an educational outdoor science center and vivarium that is home to many beautiful butterflies. You can visit the butterfly house in the summer months or for Monarch Madness. During Monarch Madness, the Panhandle Butterfly House puts on a great festival. There was a bounce house, a craft area, and the great park it is located next to for lots of playtime. But the best part of the butterfly festival for my daughter? That was becoming a young lepidopterist or butterfly observer.
There were stations set up where the children could learn more about butterflies. They started in one area and worked their way to each station collecting stamps along the way. Each station was a stage in the butterfly’s life.
Once they completed their booklet and had all the stamps, the children were able to participate in a butterfly tagging. They also got to release a butterfly.
For my Monday Dream, I am dreaming about the journey that these little guys get to make. For more information, children’s activities or to find out how you can participate in the migration, visit Monarch Butterfly Journey North. You can also see a map of where the monarchs have been spotted this season.
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