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Upcoming program at Nike Base to feature monarch butterflies

Sat, Sep 16th 2023 07:00 am

The Grand Island Nature Alliance invites families to an event from 2-4 p.m. Sept. 23 at the Nike Base Community Center that celebrates the world of monarch butterflies and milkweed.

The event will feature fun activities, an educational talk, and hands-on experiences.

“We'll explore the fascinating lifecycle of monarchs and learn how crucial milkweed is for their survival. Discover the magical journey these beautiful insects undertake during their annual migration,” Michelle Lockett said.

A press release added, “Join us for an exciting event that celebrates the enchanting world of monarch butterflies and their favorite plant – milkweed! Get your child ready to dive into an afternoon filled with fun activities, an educational talk, and hands-on experiences.”

The main presenter will be Dave O'Donnell from Eastern Monarch Butterfly Farm.

“He has been entertaining families across Western New York for close to 25 years,” Lockett said. “He has a unique and fun way of teaching kids and adults about why it is important to pay attention to butterflies. After the talk, we invite you to go on a guided discovery walk to explore the Grand Island nature trails and search for butterflies, animal signs and other gems in the natural world. Please bring weather-appropriate clothing and footwear. Don't forget a reusable water bottle. There is a water bottle-refilling station in the Community Center.

“ ‘Monarchs & Milkweed’ is an event you won't want to miss. Join us for an afternoon of discovery and appreciation for these delicate creatures that grace our skies.”

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