Butterflies bring with them a certain measure of mystery and magic. As the summer draws to a close, it’s almost time for another amazing Monarch Madness Festival presented by Bear Branch Nature Center. Learn more about the event at the Carroll County Recreation and Parks facebook page.
The event will take place on September 9th from noon to four in the afternoon. Mark your calendars and come see some butterflies. There will be a $5 parking fee, but the festival itself is free to attend.
Release the Butterflies!
Each year, monarch butterflies migrate to escape the winter chill by the thousands to the safety of Mexico and its heat. The Monarch butterflies begin their journey in Mexico and then travel north to explore the northern regions of the world (like Maryland). They end their journey where they began it, so it’s time to send them home!
One of the most exciting events of the Monarch Madness festival is when wildlife officials release the butterflies. Before they release them, they tag them to gather information. Once released, they will be tracked by various organizations.
Part of the reason for this event is to raise awareness about the species and for programs like Monarch Watch, which help to preserve and study these amazing creatures. Plant a milkweed in your backyard today!
Crafts, Music, and More!
Along with the stars of the show, there will a few supporting players to keep the party rolling. For your consideration, there will be plenty of food, beverage, and craft vendors to keep you entertained.
There will also be wagon rides, live animal demonstrations, and live music. The Westminster Astronomical Society, Inc. will be providing planetarium shows and then, the Carroll County Public Library will be hosting Butterfly Storytime.
For kids, there will be face painting, games, and crafts as well. It’s going to be a wonderful afternoon, so bring the whole family! Once again, this event is free with a $5 parking fee.
Native Plants and Monarch Butterflies
Native plants are incredibly important for the health of the local ecosystem. Milkweed, for example, is absolutely essential for the life-cycle of the monarch butterfly. Their caterpillars only eat milkweed, so if you love to garden, then you may consider adding them to your backyard.
Native plants provide essential nutrients and habitats for local animals and creatures. So, as much as you may love tropical plants, save some space for native species. You’ll be doing your environment a great service. You may even get to see some butterflies from your porch! You can purchase and learn more about native plants at the festival!