This morning Inge Rider, Dianne Bennett and I went to the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum to see “Flight of the Butterflies” in 3D at the IMAX. It was a beautiful experience. They are amazing little creatures. (www.flightofthebutterflies.com)
Dr. Fred Urquhart, with the help of his wife and volunteer citizen scientists across North America, worked almost 40 years to discover the monarch butterflies’ secret hideaway and prove the most incredible migration on Earth – from Canada, across the U.S. through central Texas and into Mexico. Two generations of the butterflies migrate north and then a “super generation” miraculously finds its way from Canada to a few isolated mountaintops in Mexico – to a place it has never been! The sites lie 10,000 feet up in the mountaintop sanctuaries.
One of the most interesting things in the film was a look inside a chrysalis to see the caterpillar being transformed into a butterfly. And, of course, the sight of millions of monarchs hanging in huge bunches from the trees at their wintering place was mind-boggling. They completely hid some of the trees.
After the film we had lunch in the Story of Texas Café.