Updated: Jul 12, 2021
The Meade County History Museum will be hosting a monarch butterfly release at 1 p.m. on July 24.
Monarch butterflies in the eastern part of North America make the long journey to the Sierra Madre Mountains in Mexico for the winter. Some fly as far as 3,000 miles to reach that destination, and the journey can take as long as two months to complete. Once they’ve migrated, they stay from October until late March before returning. Monarch butterflies are the only butterflies known to make a two-way migration pattern, like birds.
The event at the Meade County History museum will give young people and adults an opportunity to release their own butterfly from a chrysalis. The butterflies and chrysalis pods will be contained in a see-through net container, and participants will be able to release the butterfly so that it can prepare to migrate south for the winter.
There is no cost to participate, but organizers suggest that participants arrive about an hour ahead of time so that the event runs smoothly. They can also view the corresponding insect exhibit at the museum and learn more about the monarch butterfly.
For more information on how to get involved, call the museum at 270-422-1823.