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July 2015

Malt, Hops and Moths Night at the Alamo Brewery

July 23, 2015 @ 9:00 PM
Alamo Brewery/ Alamo Beer Co., 202 Lamar St.
San Antonio, 78202 United States
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Citizen science, moth selfies, “Sphinx Moth Amber Ale” and edible insects will celebrate National Moth Week at this family friendly evening of nighttime nature. Join us for a fun time at the Brewery near the Hayes St. Bridge in downtown San Antonio. You can help mix up our "moth bait," check out our moth magnets that draw insects of all kinds for close inspection and data collection.  Help us load information for the citizen science-fueled moth census via iNaturalist, a data…

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August 2015

Monarch Butterfly, Pollinator Poster Child

August 22, 2015 @ 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
The Natural Gardener, 8648 Old Bee Caves Road
Austin, 78735 United States
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Join us for an an overview of the amazing Monarch butterfly migration and life cycle  We'll get an update on their population status, President Obama's recent Pollinator Strategy announcement, and predictions about their fall migration. Monika Maeckle of the Texas Butterfly Ranch will also offer tips on creating your own successful pollinator garden - just in time for their migration - and answer questions on raising Monarchs and other butterflies. NOTE:  This class will be held indoors at the Parish Hall…

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October 2016

Mariposa Monarca Art at Mexican Cultural Institute in San Antonio

October 20, 2016 @ 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Instituto Cultural Mexicano in HemisFair Park, 600 Hemisfair Plaza Way
San Antonio, TX 78205
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As part of the Monarch Butterfly and Pollinator Festival, the Instituto Cultural Mexicano/Mexican Cultural Institute in San Antonio presents Buen Viaje, Mariposa Monarca!, a collection of Mexican art that features the iconic migrating insects, October 20 - September 30, 2016.. An exhibit by Mexican nature photographer  Ignacio Arcas will be presented and discussed at a reception Thursday, October 20, 6 - 8 PM. Arcas will present photos of the Monarchs’ roosting sites in Michoacán, Mexico and will be available to discuss…

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Cibolo Nature Center Protect and Preserve Gala Luncheon

October 21, 2016 @ 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Herff Farm, 33 Herff Rd.
Boerne, TX 78006
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The Cibolo Nature Center in Boerne, Texas is hosting a Protect and Preserve luncheon to celebrate the conservation of land, water and wildlife on October 21st. The event will feature Catalina Trail who will speak on her amazing experience as the person who "discovered" the overwinter site of millions of  Monarch butterflies with her partner Ken Brugger in 1975. Chet Garner, of PBS's show, "THE DAYTRIPPER" will also join in  for the celebration. Tickets are available for purchase online here. …

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Climate Change and the Monarch Butterfly Migration Symposium

October 21, 2016 @ 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Pearl Studio, 200 E Grayson St. #115
San Antonio, TX 78215
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  The Symposium will explore how the Monarch butterfly migration is the perfect prism through which we can look as a community at challenges like climate change. Moderated by Dan Goodgame, who is vice-president for executive communications at Rackspace, a global leader in cloud computing. A Pulitzer Prize finalist and best-selling author, Goodgame describes himself as a “recovering journalist.” He worked as a top editor at TIME and FORTUNE, a White House correspondent, and a foreign correspondent in the Middle…

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Monarch Butterfly and Pollinator Festival October 22

October 22, 2016 @ 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Pearl Brewery, 303 Pearl Parkway
San Antonio, 78215 United States
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Join us Saturday, October 22 during peak Monarch butterfly migration week as we celebrate San Antonio's unique place in the storied Monarch butterfly migration--right in the middle of the flyway. Events are FREE and open to the public. Here's the current schedule:

10 AM People for Pollinators Parade COSTUMES ENCOURAGED
We'll gather at 9:30 for a migration through the Pearl grounds led by San Antonio's own Pedaling Pollinators, a butterfly-themed bike troupe orchestrated by the Earn-A-Bike Coop.

11:30 AM Monarch butterfly release and tagging demonstration
1 PM Monarch butterfly release and tagging demonstration
Learn why and how we tag Monarch butterflies

Pearl Farmer's Market--Pumpkin season. Thank you, honeybees, bumblebees, and squash bees!

Native Plant Sale by the Native Plant Society of Texas and Bexar County Master Gardeners
Live bee hive demonstraton by Alamo Area Beekeepers
Butterfly and Caterpillar story time at the Twig Bookstore
Monarch Jeopardy, National Wildlife Federation
LIVE caterpillars and other critters by Monarch Joint Venture

Education and fun provided by Green Spaces Alliance, Trinity University, San Antonio River Authority, San Antonio Zoo, TBG Partners

THANKS TO OUR SPONSORS: The Pearl, Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, San Antonio River Authority, HEB, Rivard Report, Trinity University, Texas Butterfly Ranch

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April 2017

Monarch butterfly contrarian Anurag Agrawal at San Antonio Book Festival

April 8, 2017
San Antonio Public Library, 600 Soledad St.
San Antonio, TX 78205 United States
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Anurag Agrawal, author, scientist, Monarch butterfly lover. Don't miss Cornell University professor Anurag Agrawal's appearance at the San Antonio Book Festival. Agrawal will discuss his new book, Monarchs and Milkweed: A Migrating Butterfly, A Poisonous Plant, and their Remarkable Story of Coevolution. Questions welcome. Read a review of the book. Monika Maeckle, founder of Texas Butterfly Ranch and the Director of the Monarch Butterfly and Pollinator Festival will facilitate the discussion. Agrawal is famous for his contrarian views, such as…

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