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Audubon Little Explorers To Learn About Butterflies

This photo by Panama photographer Suzette Paduano was a finalist in an Audubon Nature Photography Contest.

Butterflies are the subject of the next Audubon Little Explorers from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday for children between the ages of 3 and 8 and adults.

Previously held online due to COVID-19 restrictions, Little Explorers program returns to in-person starting in July.

Butterflies float by in a rainbow of colors as they flutter on the breeze from flower to flower. However, they are more than just a pretty, fleeting sight on a sunny day. Join Audubon to learn more about their life cycles, habitats, importance in the food chain, and how they can help humans, along with some ways to help the butterflies in return.

After an in-person lesson with Chelsea Jandreau, Audubon nature educator, head out for a short hike to look for butterfly habitats where people could find and identify some butterflies as they search.

The program will be held in the Stephanie Frucella Education Pavilion located in Audubon’s back yard, but will be moved indoors in the event of inclement weather. Participants should bring face coverings in case the program is moved indoors.

The fee for the program is $8 for adults, $6 for children and Nature Center members.

Make reservations by Thursday, July 9, by calling 569-2345 during business hours (9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, 12 to 4 p.m. Saturdays) or by going to AudubonCNC.org/Programs and clicking on “Current Schedule.”

Be sure to join Audubon for the re-imagining of their annual Monarch Butterfly Festival on Saturday, Aug. 29. The festival will be revised to meet current CDC and New York state guidelines related to COVID-19, but the festival will still take place. Go to: AudubonCNC.org/MonarchFestival for more information.

The 2020 Little Explorers series is sponsored by Univera Healthcare. Little Explorers is presented on the second Saturday of every month from 10 to 11:30 a.m.

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