Thursday, July 21, 2011

SCNC Butterfly Festival
September 10, 2011 Butterfly Festival
Join us at the September 10, 2011 Butterfly Festival. The Festival will take place at the Alloway Township Municipal Complex, 49 S. Greenwich Street, Alloway,NJ 08001. The Festival will run from 10:00am until 3:00pm.

We are lucky to have Pat Sutton, renowned naturalist and author as our speaker. At 10:00am Pat will give a presentation and book signing entitled "How to Spot a Butterfly".

Pat Sutton, with over 30 years of experience as a professional naturalist and author will present a program relating her fascination with butterflies and convey the excitement of searching for, studying, enjoying and attracting these winged jewels - just as she and her husband have in their book by the same title (Houghton Mifflin, 1999). She will uncover mysteries about their life cycle, relationships to the plant world, odd behaviors, survival in a world filled with hungry predators, the spectacular migration of some species, and the restricted ranges of others. Field identification can often be enabled by understanding all these aspects of a butterfly's annual life cycle. She will share some of their butterfly watching adventures on their home turf of Cape May and throughout southern New Jersey and afar, an Arctic wilderness trip in northern Alaska, a winter trip to THE Monarch roost in Mexico, butterflying in the tropics and more.

At 12:00pm Pat will lead a paid walk at five local butterfly gardens. The gardens range from a tiny raised bed to a butterfly meadow. What these gardens all have in common is that they attract lots of butterflies. The fee for this walk is $10 per person and the number of participants will be limited. Contact Marilyn at 856-935-2384 or email to sign up.

The following activities will occur throughout the day.

Butterfly and wildlife plant sale.

Tour Alloway Municipal Butterfly Garden

Visit the artwork display including Butterfly Photos and Alloway Kindergarten Butterfly Drawings

Visit the Alloway Township Green Team Booth to test your recycling IQ

Visit the South Jersey Land and Water Trust to learn how to save water by building  a rain barrel

Noon 'til 3:00pm there will be face painting for children.

10:00am-3:00pm - Have your photo taken as a butterfly!

11:15am-noon - Monarch Butterfly Tagging. Once the Monarchs are tagged you can help release them!

Free Tropical Milkweed seeds and butterfly coloring pages. Free drawing for a nature basket.