Last Wednesday, my son and I attended the fifth and final City Critters Family Series session as guests of the Toronto Botanical Garden. I had been looking forward to this session, so aptly entitled "Monarchs on the Move," and I was not disappointed in the least. After learning about the differences between moths and butterflies, how to identify a monarch and their migratory patterns, we headed out into the garden to release a couple dozen marvelous monarchs.
Our session leader Josh took great care in opening up the fragile package containing semi-dormant monarchs and handed them out to each of the children in attendance.
My son was a little scared to open up the triangular box but was still intrigued by what we would find inside.
Once we opened up the boxes, some butterflies took to flight while others decided to find the nearest resting place, whether it was someone's hand, a shoulder or a neighbouring plant. Here is our butterfly, which we chose to name Mike the Monarch.
Monarchs were everywhere. It was truly a sight to behold!
We later returned indoors and sat down at our workshop tables to begin work on our butterfly garden.
Everyone received seeds picked directly from a milkweed plant. Monarchs will only eat from and lay eggs on the milkweed plant. Therefore, this plant plays a crucial role in the survival of the monarch.
Once we planted the seeds in a little pot, my son was excited to head home and plant his very own butterfly garden!
I would like to personally thank the Toronto Botanical Garden for not only extending an invitation to join in on the City Critters Family Series but for continuing to educating our youth on the wonders of nature. You get an A+ in my books!
Disclosure: Our family had been granted access to the City Critters Family Series so that we may share our experience. Any opinions expressed in this post are purely our own.