On the Trail of the Monarch Butterfly

On the Trail of the Monarch Butterfly

In August 2005, Mexican filmmaker and pilot Francisco Gutiérrez took off in his ultralight aircraft from Montreal to follow the monarch butterflies on their 6,000 km migration from Canada to the mountains of central Mexico, in a bid to raise awareness of the importance of preserving the butterflies’ habitat.

In collaboration with the Embassy of Mexico, the Canada Aviation and Space Museum has produced an exhibition from the material recorded by Mr. Gutiérrez on his journey aboard the Papalotzin – the nickname of his ultralight aircraft, which means small butterfly in the Aztec language. On the trail of the Monarch Butterfly exhibit will be on display at the library from August 19 - September 29.

On the Trail of the Monarch Butterfly exhibit features breathtaking photographs taken by Mr. Gutiérrez. See below for a list of programs hosted by the library to celebrate this exhibit and Mr. Gutiérrez' journey.

 

Open Art Studio: Butterflies

August 19, 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Drop in to make some different butterfly crafts! Open to ages 2 -10.
 

Opening Reception

Thursday, August 22, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Light refreshments will be served. Complimentary butterfly seed paper bookmarks will be available.
 

Dwindling Numbers for an Iconic Insect: A Conservation Biologist Ponders Moving Beyond the Documentation of Declines

Thursday, August 22, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Karen Oberhauser, Director of the UW-Madison Arboretum, will describe the amazing biology of migratory monarch populations, how citizens and scientists are documenting monarch numbers across their migratory cycle and what we can do to help preserve this charismatic insect for generations to come.

Butterfly Story Time

Saturday, August 24, 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Enjoy stories, songs, and activities with a butterfly theme to help kick off our "On the Trail of the Monarch Butterfly" traveling exhibition. Geared toward ages 0-5.
 

Tips for Better Nature Photography

Wednesday, September 4, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
David Anderson, photographer and instructor from The Camera Company, will share ideas for taking better nature photos. Bring your camera and we will go to Badger Prairie Park to take photos. Anderson will cover wide and close up shots, what camera settings are best, what lens is best and what elements make a great photo. Registration required. Register online call 845-7180.Class size limited to 20 participants.
 

Film Screening: Papalotzin—The Flight of the Monarch Butterfly

Friday, September 6, 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Mexican filmmaker and pilot Francisco Gutiérrez documented his 72-day adventure following the monarch butterflies' travels from Canada to Mexico. Screen time 60 minutes.
 

Monarchs and Milkweeds

Saturday, September 7, 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
Discover the connection between monarchs and milkweed plants and learn about the monarch's amazing life cycle and annual migration to Mexico. Make a milkweed seed ball and learn about butterfly gardens, too. Presented by Marsh Haven Nature Center director, Renee Wahlen, this family-friendly program is suitable for all ages.
 

Importance and Benefits of Native Species and How They Directly Relate to the Monarch Butterfly

Tuesday, September 10, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Michelle Stowers, Nursery Ecologist from Agrecol Native Nursery, will discuss why native species are vital to the monarch butterfly. Stowers will also discuss how to rear your own caterpillars through metamorphosis. Complimentary milkweed seeds will be available.
 

Senior Center Book Group: Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver 

Wednesday, September 11, 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.
The Senior Center Book Group meets the second Wednesday of every month from 12:30-1:30 pm at the Verona Senior Center. Join us on September 11th to discuss Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver. Copies are available to borrow at the Verona Senior Center, or request a copy from the library.
 

How To Tag a Butterfly

Monday, September 16, 10 – 11:30 a.m.
Learn how to tag monarch butterflies so their path from Wisconsin to Mexico can be tracked. Staff from Madison Audubon will assist. Registration required. Register online or call 845-7180. Class size limited to 10 participants.
 

Autumn in the Prairie

Tuesday, September 17, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Take a guided walk through Badger Prairie Park with Dane County Parks Botanist/Naturalist Lars Higdon. Learn about the importance of natural areas in our urban landscape and identify fall blooming prairie plants, including those that are beneficial to migrating monarch butterflies and other pollinators. Registration required. Register online or call 845-7180. Class size limited to 12 participants.
 

Film Screening: Papalotzin—The Flight of the Monarch Butterfly

Monday, September 23, 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. & 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Mexican filmmaker and pilot Francisco Gutiérrez documented his 72-day adventure following the monarch butterflies' travels from Canada to Mexico. Screen time 60 minutes.
 

“Stained Glass Monarch” Charcoal Drawing

Tuesday, September 24, 6:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Explore the fun of drawing with charcoal. Instructor and artist Robert Gorder will provide step-by-step instructions. Take home your masterpiece charcoal drawing, a matte, and a protective sleeve. No drawing experience required. All supplies provided. Registration required. Register online or call 845-7180. Class size limited to 30 participants.
 

This exhibit was brought to you by the Verona Public Library Endowment.

Download a PDF of our program guide.