The N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences in downtown Raleigh will premiere "Flight of the Butterflies 3D" with a special viewing and presentation at the museum on Thursday.
This beautiful movie, which I highly recommended when Marbles Kids Museum screened it a few years ago, focuses on the monarch's life cycle - from their feeding habits to their migration from Canada to a few isolated mountaintops in Mexico. The path these butterflies take is absolutely stunning.
The 40-minute film shows at 7:30 p.m. in the museum’s WRAL 3D Theater. In an extended version, learn how the mystery of the winter migration location for the monarchs was solved by citizen scientists. (Beverages and popcorn are available before the show.) A shorter 20-minute version of the film will be shown at the museum daily starting Friday.
Before Thursday's show, at 6:30 p.m., learn about ways you can help protect monarchs and help scientists conserve this beautiful butterfly as museum scientist Chris Goforth presents “Mad for Monarchs.” Goforth is an entomologist with degrees in biology and entomology.
Before the talk, visitors can see the monarch butterflies and maybe get a glimpse of the museum's two-toed sloth in The Living Conservatory. Bill Reynolds, head of the museum's arthropod zoo, will be there to talk about the life cycles of butterflies and moths, both local and exotic.
Tickets are $5 per person and free for museum members. Space is limited. Ticket and event information is on the museum's website.