Jamestown, N.Y. — For a memorable grand finale to your summer, plan to participate in the Jamestown Audubon Center & Sanctuary’s Monarch Butterfly Festival.
On Aug. 30, the Saturday of Labor Day Weekend, Audubon will create an indoor garden of wildflowers with butterflies winging about.
From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., visitors will be fascinated by Monarchs in every stage of their life cycle, from tiny eggs through the caterpillar, chrysalis and beautiful butterflies. You can hold a caterpillar and watch experts tagging butterflies. At 4 p.m., you can see them released to fly to Mexico, where their tags will help scientists track the migration of this rapidly dwindling species. And bring your camera!
Other Monarch Butterfly Festival activities include kids’ crafts, photo opportunities with human-sized caterpillar and butterfly cutouts, butterfly garden tours, a plant sale, great food and more. The Blue Heron Gift Shop will feature butterfly related items, including T-shirts and Monarch temporary tattoos.
Admission is $8, $6 for Friends of the Nature Center and children ages 3-15; kids age 2 and under are free.
The Audubon Center & Sanctuary is at 1600 Riverside Rd., one-quarter mile east of Route 62 between Jamestown, N.Y. and Warren, Pa. The center’s building, with the Blue Heron Gift Shop and exhibits of live fish, reptiles, amphibians and more, and its five miles of trails, Bald Eagle viewing, arboretum and gardens outdoors are open daily.
This event is made possible by the dedication of volunteers, several of whom are registered with the Retired Senior Volunteer Program.
Monarch Butterfly Festival sponsors to date are Frewsburger Pizza Shop, Heritage Senior Living, Lena’s Pizza, Phoenix Metal, King’s Heating and Sheet Metal, Matt’s Nuisance Animal Control, Mike’s Nursery and Native Roots Landscaping.
Details of the festival are at www.monarchbutterflyfestival.wordpress.com. For more information about Audubon and all its programs, call (716) 569-2345 or visit www.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.