GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Visitors attending the Florida Museum of Natural History’s fourth annual ButterflyFest this weekend will have an opportunity to experience the museum’s new interactive Lepidoptera exhibits.
The indoor butterfly and moth exhibits help visitors better understand the scientific value of the collections and the cutting-edge biological research that occurs in the McGuire Center for Lepidoptera and Biodiversity. The center holds one of the world’s largest butterfly and moth collections at more than 9 million specimens.
“In highlighting our research for the public, we hope to inspire young people to get involved in science,” said Darcie MacMahon, Florida Museum assistant director of exhibits. “These informative and interactive butterfly exhibits will make learning about butterflies and moths easier and even more fun.” (more…)
GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The Florida Museum of Natural History will release tagged monarch butterflies, hold gardening and photography workshops and feature expert speakers on a variety of gardening and pollinator wildlife topics during its annual ButterflyFest Saturday and Sunday (Oct. 24-25).
ButterflyFest is a celebration of all pollinators and encourages visitors to explore their role in our ecosystem through crafts, games and presentations. The festival also includes activities, entertainment, food vendors, workshops and tours for the whole family.
Florida Museum staff will release hundreds of Monarch butterflies both days of the festival. The Florida Museum is participating for the third year in the national Monarch Watch program, which tracks the butterflies’ migration to Mexico with citizen reports using tiny stickers attached to the butterflies’ wings. (more…)
GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Want to try creative photography but feeling camera-shy? Looking for an opportunity to practice new camera work but need a fresh subject? The Florida Museum of Natural History’s first ButterflyFest Pollinator Photo Contest could be the perfect opportunity. Entries may be submitted beginning Saturday (Aug. 15) through Sept. 1.
Everyone with a camera and a love for bees, birds, butterflies and other pollinators is encouraged to enter, says Florida Museum photographer Jeff Gage.
“Anyone can be a great nature photographer,” Gage said. “From simple images of plants and trees to more complex, time-consuming shots of animals, moving water or broad landscapes, our environment produces photographic challenges and opportunities for all skill levels.”
If you’re eager to go outside and start snapping photos but unsure how to capture eye-catching images of small, often fast-moving pollinators, the following basic photography tips should help you get started. (more…)
GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Join the Florida Museum of Natural History during its fourth annual ButterflyFest Oct. 24 – 25 for a weekend of fun activities focused on pollinator conservation and gardening.
ButterflyFest is a free, family-friendly event with activities and workshops emphasizing awareness and conservation of backyard pollinators and wildlife. This year’s event also features the first “Pollinator Photo Contest” with cash prizes awarded in junior and adult age divisions.
“ButterflyFest celebrates our living Rainforest exhibit and highlights the ongoing research conducted by our scientists in the McGuire Center for Lepidoptera and Biodiversity,” said Douglas Noble, head of exhibits and public programs. “The fun, engaging atmosphere of the festival brings thousands to the museum to embrace our role in the conservation of pollinators.”
This year’s festival features wildlife research ecologist, author and artist Thomas Allen as the keynote speaker, as well as games, activities, workshops and tours for the whole family. (more…)
Editors note: A full schedule of events follows this release.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Florida Museum of Natural History ButterflyFest visitors will have the opportunity this weekend to see four rare butterfly fossils not normally on public display.
The fossil butterfly exhibit is one of the many activities and workshops taking place during the museum’s annual butterfly festival from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
Housed in the Florida Museum’s invertebrate paleontology collections, the specimens are four of about 50 known fossil butterflies in the world.
“Butterfly fossils are rare because they have extremely delicate exoskeletons,” said Florida Museum of Natural History Invertebrate Paleontologist Roger Portell. “Insect fossils are preserved under unique conditions.” (more…)
Fla. Museum to release tagged monarchs during ButterflyFest Oct. 18-19 Register online now for field trips, behind-the-scenes tours and workshopsOctober 6th, 2008
GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The Florida Museum of Natural History will release tagged monarchs as part of its annual ButterflyFest Oct. 18-19, participating for the second year in the national Monarch Watch program, which tracks the butterflies’ migration to Mexico.
The Florida Museum of Natural History’s ButterflyFest is a celebration of wings and backyard things. This year’s key-note speaker is Robert Michael Pyle, award winning author and conservationist, and founder of the Xerces Society. Pyle will discuss some of his intriguing field adventures and the current status of butterfly populations and habitats – particularly in view of climate change fluctuation.
Registration forms for special fee-based field trips, behind-the-scenes tours and workshops during the weekend should be mailed by Oct. 10 and are available online, www.flmnh.ufl.edu/butterflyfest/ButterflyFest_registration.pdf. (more…)
GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The Florida Museum of Natural History will host the third annual ButterflyFest Oct. 18-19 at the University of Florida Cultural Plaza.
The free event features gardening and photography workshops, behind-the-scenes tours, butterfly and garden gifts, children’s activities and more.
“ButterflyFest is an engaging opportunity for people throughout North Central Florida to acquire the skills and tools needed to create a habitat in their own backyard for these marvelous insects,” said Doug Noble, Florida Museum head of exhibits and public programs. “Our native pollinators are essential to our survival and this festival is a fun way to learn and apply good gardening practices to attract wildlife in your own neighborhood.” (more…)
GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The Florida Museum of Natural History plans to release about 500 live, tagged Monarchs during ButterflyFest Oct. 13-14, with the hope that some of these butterflies may be located in Mexico during the annual overwintering of this remarkable species, or back on the University of Florida campus next spring after their return trip.
McGuire Center for Lepidoptera and Biodiversity staff will release approximately 30-50 Monarchs hourly from the entertainment stage, accompanied by live commentary about the research project.
“ButterflyFest visitors will be participating in the start of a grand experiment,” said McGuire Center Director Thomas Emmel. “No one knows how they will try to transit to the Mexican overwintering grounds, because these are the first releases of locally tagged Monarchs in this area.” (more…)
GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The Florida Museum of Natural History is now selling advance tickets to ButterflyFest, scheduled for Oct. 13-14.
The weekend butterfly festival, now in its second year, features a variety of activities for all ages including live entertainment, crafts and demonstrations, field trips and behind-the-scene tours, exhibits by area non-profit organizations, as well as vendors offering food and butterfly and garden gifts and plants.
“We’ve been receiving so many calls we decided to begin advance ticket sales now to help alleviate long lines during the weekend event,” said ButterflyFest co-coordinator Betty Dunckel. (more…)
GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The Florida Museum of Natural History is offering special field trips and behind-the-scenes tours for butterfly enthusiasts during ButterflyFest, Oct. 13-14. Space is limited and pre-registration is required for these paid activities and must be received by 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 5.
McGuire Center for Lepidoptera and Biodiversity butterfly scientist and field guide author Jaret Daniels will lead two separate, half-day field trips to San Felasco Hammock Preserve State Park and Morningside Nature Center Friday, Oct. 12, where guests may experience an array of fall wildflowers and butterflies.
Participants in the Butterfly Rainforest and McGuire Center behind-the-scenes tours Oct. 13-14 will be among the few to see places normally off limits to the public during this special VIP event. (more…)