SPI Birding Center Hosts Monarch Butterfly Day

A monarch butterfly feeds an a blue mist flower. Photo: Tony Vindell/LFN

by Tony Vindell/LFN

Everything people need to know about the fascinating monarch butterfly will be available this week at the South Padre Island Birding & Nature Center.

The facility will have a series of events from Oct. 26-28 as the annual migration of these beautiful insects is taking place.

Millions of these butterflies migrate this time of year from southern Canada and the northern United States to their winter grounds in the Mexican state of Michoacan.

The three-day event will start with a winged gala to be held from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26 at the center at 6801 Padre Boulevard. Tickets for the gala are available at www.spibirding.com

On Saturday, a day full of activities will take place.

A “breakfast with the monarchs” will be held from 9-10 a.m., followed by an “unlitter trashion” show and a presentation by illusionist Melvin Ellis.

Mariachi Sol Azteca will play a 1 p.m. and guided bird, butterfly and other tours will be held throughout the afternoon.

A native plant garden crawl and a shrimp boil will end the day but both of these events are not free.

For more information, call 956-761-6801 or go to www.spibirding.com

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