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Audubon’s Butterflies And Brews Set For Aug. 26

At Audubon Community Nature Center’s Butterflies and Brews on Friday evening, August 26, you can enjoy an “adults only” experience of the wonders of the Monarch Butterfly, a preview of the next day’s Monarch Butterfly Festival. Submitted photo

Join Audubon Community Nature Center for an “adults only” event that celebrates the wonders of the monarch butterfly.

On Friday, Aug. 26, from 6 to 8 p.m., Butterflies and Brews participants can learn about the life cycle and migration of the monarch butterfly while enjoying some food and brews.

The Nature Center gets a full monarch makeover for this event. The multipurpose room is filled with free-flying Monarch butterflies and flowers, food stations are set up around the center, a central bar is stocked with beer and non-alcoholic beverages, and mini Monarch programs and tagging happen throughout the evening. Be sure to bring some cash to participate in the monarch-themed raffle.

Since 2005, Audubon staff members have raised hundreds of monarch butterflies from eggs found on Audubon’s grounds to teach visitors about this iconic butterfly. The Monarchs are carefully tagged with tracking numbers to assist with national efforts to track the Monarch migration prior to their release into the wild.

Audubon’s monarch-themed educational programs have encouraged many others to raise monarchs on their own and to plant milkweed and other important plants for the butterfly. All proceeds from Butterflies and Brews directly support Audubon’s monarch butterfly research and educational programming.

Admission includes two drink tickets and appetizers. Non-alcoholic beverages are also available. Although walk-ins are welcome, pre-registration is encouraged as admission is limited. Admission is $30 prepaid (through Monday, August 22, 2022), $35 at the door.

On Saturday, Aug. 27, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the entire family can enjoy the Monarch Butterfly Festival.

To review ACNC’s most up to date COVID-19 protocols, please visit auduboncnc.org and read the COVID-19 Notice at the top of the page.

Audubon Community Nature Center is located at 1600 Riverside Road, one-quarter mile east of Route 62 between Jamestown and Warren. Visit the nearly 600-acre nature preserve and view Liberty, the non-releasable Bald Eagle, enjoy the native tree arboretum, gardens, picnic areas and natural play space and hike the six miles of trails dawn until dusk daily for free.

The three-story Nature Center building houses interactive displays, a collection of live animals including the Hellbender exhibit, the 2021 Nature Photography Contest winners, and the Blue Heron Gift Shop. Visitors are welcome Mondays through Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Sundays, 1 to 4:30 p.m. Nature Center members and SNAP/EBT cardholders have free building admission daily. Building admission is also free every Sunday for non-Nature Center members.

To learn more about Audubon and its programs, call 716-569-2345, find Audubon Community Nature Center on Facebook, or visit AudubonCNC.org. Entries to the 2022 Nature Photography Contest and votes for the Community Choice winners can be made at GoGoPhotoContest.com/ACNCPhotoContest.

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