The Friends of Shipley Nature Center hosted a Monarch butterfly festival Saturday. But they must have forgotten to invite the butterflies. Vic and I didn’t see a single one.
It was probably the cold, stormy weather of the previous few days that kept them away, but it didn’t deter the people. Vic and I expected the event to be well-attended, so we arrived at the parking lot five minutes after the nature center’s gates opened. But the lot was already full, and we had to park in the overflow parking at the library. Bad news for us, but great news for the festival organizers.
The festival celebrated the migratory lives of these black-and-orange wanderers with educational displays and activity stations for children. Students from the La Quinta High School Ecology Club staffed the craft and activity tables where younger children made butterflies from tissue paper and caterpillars from pipe cleaners.