Join the Escarpment Biosphere Conservancy to celebrate the beginning of the Monarch migration to Mexico!
The 6th Annual Monarch Butterfly Festival is on August 20 – 21 from 10 am – 4 pm. We will also host a guided bat walk and nocturnal insect viewing session at our Alvar Bay Nature Reserve Saturday at 8:30 pm. Some of the activities will take place at the Bruce Peninsula National Park while others will take place on EBC Nature Reserves nearby!
The Annual Monarch Butterfly Festival is on August 20-21 from 10 am – 4 pm. Some of the activities will take place at the Bruce Peninsula National Park while others will take place on EBC Nature Reserves nearby! In addition to the daytime festivities, we will also host a guided bat walk and nocturnal viewing session on Saturday evening at our Alvar Bay Nature Reserve commencing at 8:30 pm.
The Monarch Butterfly Festival was established to educate the public about the Monarch Butterfly’s life cycle and great migration. Attendees will participate in the Monarch Watch citizen science project by assisting with capturing, tagging and releasing Monarchs at the Bruce Peninsula Park Visitor Centre. We will also be showing the film Flight of the Butterflies in the auditorium. This film is a documentary on how the Monarch migratory route and overwintering grounds were discovered by Dr. Fred Urquhart through the implementation of a citizen science project that continues today.
The Monarch Butterfly (Danaus plexippus) is listed as a Species of Special Concern federally and provincially. The species is exposed to many threats both here in Canada and in its overwintering grounds in Mexico. One of the major threats to the species is habitat loss. As a land trust, EBC protects habitat for species at risk like the Monarch, in perpetuity.
In addition to the Monarch, EBC protects the habitat of several species at risk on the Bruce Peninsula including bats, snakes and plants. The habitat and conservation of these species will be highlighted during events held at our Alvar Bay Nature Reserve on Cape Hurd Road, just a 10 minute drive from the Visitor Centre. During the day, we will host two interpretive walks about the geology and rare ecological communities and species that occur on the Bruce Peninsula.
At night, you will enter the world of nocturnal animals. Attendees will be educated about the bats of Ontario and the threats they face. You will be equipped with bat detectors that allow you to hear bats as they fly overhead. We will also have a nocturnal insect viewing station so you can see the moths and other insects that only come out at night!
If you are interested in volunteering at the festival please see the Registration Form.
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