GRAND PRAIRIE, TX — Over 600 butterflies took to the sky on Saturday in Grand Prairie as the city hosted its 4th Flight of the Monarch Celebration. The event coincides with the annual migration of monarch butterflies from the United States back down to Mexico.
Visitors to the event got a chance to release one of the butterflies themselves.
“[The butterflies] come to us dormant, so they’re cold and about 15 minutes before the release we have to go get them,” said Mae Smith the Administrative Supervisor of Grand Prairie Parks, Arts and Recreation. “The heat of the day and the sun energizes them, so we have about 15 minutes to get them from cool to warm for the children to release.”
The family friendly event also has a big educational portion for the local residents.
“It is a great family event but number one it educates them on the beauty of this monarch butterfly,” Smith explained. “It is almost on the endangered species list and one of the things we want to do is to help them fall in love with it so we can save them.”
So here’s to a safe flight south for these monarchs! See you guys when you come back next year.