Enchanting Monarch Butterfly Festival Brings Nature Magic to Jamestown

(WNY News Now) – Audubon Community Nature Center’s Monarch Butterfly Festival promises a day of wonder and education, as visitors engage with these iconic butterflies up close.

Jamestown, N.Y. – Prepare for a magical experience at the Audubon Community Nature Center’s Monarch Butterfly Festival on Saturday, August 26, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The festival offers a unique opportunity to immerse oneself in the world of Monarch butterflies.

Attendees can don brightly colored attire to attract the Monarchs within the indoor butterfly garden, where they can observe the butterflies’ life cycle, handle caterpillars, and even hand-feed them. Citizen scientists will tag the Monarchs, tracking their migration to Mexico, culminating in their release at 4 p.m.

Beyond butterfly interactions, the festival features insect-catching activities by the pond, nature hikes, butterfly-focused mini-programs, and the soothing acoustic melodies of Alyssa Wismar. Residents Cricket, an American Kestrel, and Soren, a Red-tailed Hawk, captivate visitors in outdoor habitats.

The Monarch Butterfly Festival serves as an educational platform to raise awareness about Monarch butterflies, which confront population threats like habitat loss and pesticide exposure. The festival also supports the Audubon’s efforts to nurture Monarch populations, promoting the creation of butterfly gardens.

Admission for the festival is $12, $9 for Nature Center members and children aged 3–15, while admission is free for those aged two and under. Butterflies and Brews, an adults-only precursor to the festival, is set for August 25.

To register and learn more about both festival events, contact (716) 569-2345 or visit AudubonCNC.org.

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