A Monarch Butterfly released in Downtown Yakima was found on September 22, 2017, 611 miles away in the San Francisco Bay area on its way to Mexico. Ninety tagged Monarchs were set free from the Yakima Convention Center Plaza by butterfly expert Dr. David James that day. The flight to California took 57 days. We will not see this particular butterfly in the Valley, but we may see its children or grandchildren return in the summer of 2018. Until then, we celebrate the Monarch Butterfly with these educational and fun community events.
The Voyage of the Monarch: A Travelogue art exhibit will be on display at Essencia Bakery from January through March 2018 to bring recognition to the conservation efforts for this species in decline.
There will be two free Children’s Art-Making events with artist Christie Tirado on Saturday, January 20. The first event will be at 10:00 am and the second at 11:30 am at the Downtown Yakima Library. The art created by the children will be displayed as part of the Monarch Art Exhibit at Essencia in time for the Artists Reception.
There will also be a Monarch themed story time at the Downtown Yakima Library at 2:00 pm, and butterfly arts and crafts activities will be available until 3 pm.
The Artists Reception at Essencia Artisan Bakery will be Friday, February 2 at 6:30 pm. This event is free! Essencia Artisan Bakery is located on 4 N. 3rd Street in Yakima.
Yakima Valley College will host Dr. David James in a free talk on conservation of Monarch butterflies in the Pacific Northwest. He will present information on our rapidly evolving new understanding of Monarch butterfly biology and ecology. He will share the results of five years of citizen scientist aided tagging of Monarch and discuss the importance of creating Monarch butterfly habitat in Washington gardens, parks, and natural areas to help reverse population decline. The event is Tuesday, January 30, 2018 at 7 pm.
Yakima Symphony Orchestra presents Classical III: South of the Border; a concert with Music of Mexico, Cuba, Brazil, and Argentina featuring guest violinist David Kim, concertmaster of the Philadelphia Orchestra. He will be performing The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires by the great tango composer Astor Piazzolla. This event will take place at 7:30 pm on Saturday February 3, 2018 at The Capitol Theatre.
Want to view a Butterfly Release? Every year an event in late August takes place with music and Monarchs when one can witness the release of the Monarch Butterfly in a relaxing setting. Check with the Cowiche Canyon Conservancy for the 2018 date and location.
The Voyage of the Monarch: A Travelogue is in collaboration with Yakima Symphony Orchestra, Cowiche Canyon Conservancy, Yakima Morelia Sister City Association, and individuals/artists within the community.