The monarch butterflies are tagged and tracked in a database as they migrate south to Mexico.
The “Butterflies Without Borders” forum featured discussion about habitat preservation, the monarch migration season, and climate change.
Chefs will be cooking with silk worms, bee drone larvae, grasshoppers, and crickets at Saturday’s bug lunches.
As monarch butterflies make their way south through Texas and into Mexico, the third annual Monarch Butterfly and Pollinator Festival kicks off Friday.
Based on robust activity in the monarchs’ primary Midwestern breeding grounds, one monarch expert predicted “the migration should be the strongest since 2008.”
Hundreds swarmed the Pearl on Sunday for the second annual Monarch Butterfly and Pollinator Festival, highlighted by a parade and butterfly release.
Hundreds of children and adults gathered at the Pearl on Saturday to attend the culmination of the three-day Monarch Butterfly and Pollinator Festival.
Beyond chemical threats, humans are destroying important habitats that Monarchs rely on during their long migration. As cities expand and many forests are reduced, locations for milkweed and other important plants decline as well. But climate change is the biggest threat.
On Thursday close to 100 people streamed into the halls of the Instituto Cultural de México’s Monarch-inspired exhibition to learn about the mystical nature of Monarch butterflies and their vulnerable migration route.
As the United States’ first official “Monarch Champion City” – a unique designation by the National Wildlife Federation for cities that adopt all of the federation’s 24 recommendations for Monarch conservation – San Antonio will host a fun and educational celebration in honor of the winged insects that travel through the city on their multi-generation migration from Mexico to Canada and back again.