The Texas Butterfly Ranch was proud to present the third annual Monarch Butterfly and Pollinator Festival, three fantastic days of science, education, art and celebration, October 19 – 21, 2018.

The Festival takes place during peak Monarch migration season in San Antonio, when migrating monarch butterflies east of the Rocky Mountains funnel through Texas on their way to Mexico to roost for the winter.

It’s a story of Butterflies without Borders, and one we celebrate. Here’s what transpired.

Interest and attendance

An estimated 7,000+ attended the Festival on Sunday, 10/21

250+ participated in our climate change and Butterflies without Borders Forum 10/19

Robert Rivard, Rebeca Quiñonez Piñón, Marianna Treviño Wright, Carey Gillam and Karen Oberhauser discuss the monarch migration and our changing climate at Butterflies without Border Forum. Photo by Mike Quinn


60 people learned to create a pollinator garden at SAWS landscaping workshop at the Festival on 10/21.

45 teachers learned how to use monarchs in the classroom as a teaching tool—in English y español 10/20

Teachers learn to tag Monarchs at the Monarch Butterfly and Pollinator Festival. Photo by San Antonio River Authority

50 people were enlightened about the role of bats in our food chain at Holy Mezcal, Batman in Confluence Park 10/21

115 ate insects at San Antonio Botanical Garden’s Edible Insects event on 10/20; 100s of the less adventurous observed from afar.

Dozens attended National Wildlife Federation reception honoring San Antonio as first Monarch Butterfly Champion City on  10/20.


Our Forum resulted in national media coverage of the border wall dispute at the National Butterfly Center in Mission, Texas

Children from Children’s Rehabilitation Institute Teleton joined us on stage for the butterfly release.

Festival named an “Outstanding Solution” by social impact media site Nationswell

Butterfly numbers and education

750 monarch butterflies were tagged* and released

550 in one-on-one how-to-tag-a-monarch butterfly demos were conducted by trained docents, reaching an estimated 1,500 people

*NOTE: FIVE butterflies tagged at our 2017 Festival were recovered in Mexico in 2018. IN 2019, three of our butterflies were recovered. Story here.


Monarch Butterfly and Pollinator Festival 2018 from Rivard Report on Vimeo.


From all over Texas, some from Mexico, Ontario, Wisconsin, Florida, elsewhere


 San Antonio Celebrates Third Annual Monarch Butterfly and Pollinator Festival,Texas Butterfly Ranch

Butterflies take over Pearl, Rivard Report

Butterflies without Borders,11-minute documentary, Nationswell

Hundreds of Butterflies tagged and Released at Pearl, KSAT-News

CRIT Participates in Monarch Butterfly and Pollinator Festival, Children’s Rehabilitation Institute Teletón

Chefs Serve Up Gourmet Dishes at Botanical Garden, San Antonio Express-News

 Peak of Monarch Migration celebrated at Pearl, KENS5-News

⌘ Experts offer Hope, Caution for Monarch Butterfly’s Future, Rivard Report


Interested in sponsorship? Planning for our 2019 Festival is in progress. Email for details.