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Edited July 26, 2018 by Daisy Pichardo
In the recent years, there has been less areas where monarch butterflies have been seen. In order to ensure that monarch butterflies have an area where they can migrate, there are opportunities all around Texas. Not only is providing a safe environment for the monarch butterflies important, but also being informed of their benefits in the world is accomodating for the safety of the butterflies. The City of College Station will be holding different events by the end of this summer and other opportunities in different areas of Texas as well.
Here are some events on how to provide service or aquire information in order to protect monarch butterflies:
City of College Station Opportunities:
Texas is a great breeding ground since the temperature in the fall and spring are about the same. In early October, in the Brazos Valley area, there will be a class overviewing the ideal landscaping and plants for monarch butterflies.
Bee Creek Park Demonstration Garden
There is an opportunity to visit the butterfly garden in Bee Creek Trail and volunteer to restore the monarch butterfly population by planting milkweed and other nectar producing plants in the community as well as neighboring parks.
Richard Carter Park Demonstration Garden
The A&M Garden Club will be hosting a Wildweed Planting day or “Seed Stomping” October 21st, 2018 at the Richard Carter Park. There will also be other collaborating clubs, organizations, and groups that will be participating on that day.
Service Opportunities and Butterfly Exhibits:
Cockrell Butterfly Center at the Museum of Natural Science
This opportunity is located in Houston, Texas. This exhibit provides information on preserved specimens, living examples of some of the largest and weirdest arthropods, and there is even a semi annual butterfly plant sale. There is also a Brown Hall of Entomology, where the same services are provided.
This opportunity is available in Galveston, Texas. There is a year round tropical butterfly exhibit in their rainforest pyramid. There is also a showing on the “Flight of the Butterflies 3D” in their theater.
Texas Discovery Gardens
This opportunity is located at Fair Park in Dallas, Texas. Their mission is to teach effective ways to restore, conserve and preserve nature in the urban environment. There is also a butterfly garden and insectarium located onsite.