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The Flight of the Monarch Butterfly

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Friday, March 28, 2014

Awhile ago, my DH & I went to the Imax to see the movie “the Flight of the Butterflies” …it showed the 3 generations of Monarchs (yes, it took 3 generations) to go from Southern Ontario to Mexico.  A wonderful movie to see if you ever get the chance.  It will spur you on to grow butterfly flowers.   The film centers around Dr. Fred Urquhart (played by Gordon Pinsent) who devoted his life trying to figure out “where do the Monarchs go when they leave Ontario” and the happy ending.

Here is the trailer on the Ontario Science Centre web site:

http://www.ontariosciencecentre.ca/imax/film/38/

And here is the web site of the film company that made the film:

http://www.flightofthebutterflies.com/home/

I’ve donated $ to the David Suzuki Foundation to plant Milkweed in Ontario (the Monarchs only lay their eggs on Milkweed) .. it is being destroyed by pesticides and removal from fields (although animals are smart enough not to eat it).

http://www.davidsuzuki.org/what-you-can-do/what-you-can-do-to-bring-back-monarch-butterflies/

And I’ve just received a letter from a Monarch butterfly (aka Mariposa Memengwa from the David Suzuki Foundation) with thanks and “butterfly kisses”.  It is written in the manner of a Grandmother (momma Monarch) asking us to save her grandchildren (the 3rd generation that actually flies to Mexico, this generation is larger so it can make the journey.)

Hope you explore the world of Monarchs and other butterflies and plant many flowers for them to visit ..

… with “Butterfly Kisses” .. .happy Friday!

 

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Author: thedogwalkinggardener

I love dogs and currently do not have any, so I am a dog-mommy when I can be. Gardening is my passion. I've always loved birds and I'm learning a bit at a time from all the Birders that I meet. Swan Lake is my second home! .

2 thoughts on “The Flight of the Monarch Butterfly

  1. Lovely story! The town I live in calls itself “Butterfly Town USA.” Well I don’t know how accurate that is, but we do get hundreds (thousands?) of monarchs in our Monarch Sanctuary each year. It’s incredible to see them hanging on the trees, they look like the leaves on the branches. Next fall when they come again I will post some photos. Our town has an annual Butterfly Parade where all the elementary school children dress up and parade through town. The honor of being the butterflies always goes to the kindergarten classes. I have a photo of my daughter when she was just a little butterfly. ❤

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