South Fork hosted the Monarch Butterfly release on Saturday, Sept. 15, with a crowd of 40 in attendance. Over half of our guests were children, to the delight of our docents who enjoyed the opportunity to share the magical moments of transformation & release with curious young minds.
The activities centered around the “Tagging Table,” the “Butterfly House,” the art & learning center, “Pin the Pupae” (attaching the pupae to a tree to prepare it for emergence).
The event was directed by Ruth Andre with assistance from Roberta Katz-Messenger, Krissi Graham, and Joyce Hartmann (who provided the beautiful photo journal below). We are grateful for the dedication and passion from these talented ladies!
Enjoy a look!
Ruth Andre and Krissie Graham enjoy a few laughs setting up the butterfly tent… thanks, Ruth, for your absolutely wonderful presentation…more than 50 butterflies to admire, tag, release, and help the population! We had a wonderful turnout, too!
At the Tagging Table, the tactical committee got their strategy together…Krissi, Ruth, Roberta Katz-Messenger, and Bob Hartmann.
At the “Life Stages Table”, this Mom showed her children a video of a caterpillar transforming itself into a chrysalis and then emerging as a butterfly, as they looked at the actual caterpillar, chrysalis and brand new butterfly.
I was privileged to help anyone who wanted to hold one of these beautiful jewels and pin it to a leaf; a butterfly will emerge in a few hours or days…we saw several emerge within an hour…children squealed with delight when it happened.