Flight of the Butterflies 3D is a landmark nature film. In 1937, Dr. Fred Urquhart and his wife Norah began a quest to understand the migratory patterns of the monarch butterfly, a 40-year-long search that is chronicled in the amazing film. For years, their migration patterns were a mystery; the insects simply disappeared in the fall and reappeared in the spring. Eventually, Urquhart was able to use tagging and the help of hundreds of volunteers to identify a hidden wintering refuge for the monarchs on a mountaintop in Michoacán, Mexico. The journey of more than 2,500 miles from Canada to Mexico is one of the longest known in the insect world and takes multiple generations to accomplish. What March of the Penguins did for penguins, Flight of the Butterflies 3D does for butterflies. This Spring Break Family Lab is appropriate for children four to 12 years old.
Tue., March 12, 9 a.m.-noon, 2013