Sternberg to host unique Monarca traveling exhibit

HAYS, KS -- "Monarca Butterfly Beyond Boundaries," a unique exhibit featuring the "endangered phenomenon" of the Monarch butterfly, opens May 25 at Fort Hays State University's Sternberg Museum of Natural History.

The Monarca traveling exhibit was developed by the Canadian Museum of Nature in collaboration with Monarca A.C., a nonprofit Mexican conservation group, and the Canadian Nature Federation. The exhibit focuses on the monarch butterfly's endangered migration pattern.

"Although monarchs are not in danger of becoming extinct, their extraordinary migration pattern between Canada and Mexico is," said Barry Peers, project leader for the Canadian Museum of Nature's Monarch Butterfly Exhibit Project. "The monarch's migration, the longest of any insect in the world, is considered to be an endangered phenomenon."

The exhibit has five outstanding modules created to let the visitor see the life cycle of the butterfly, its more than 2,000 mile-migration to wintering sites in Mexico and California and the problems it encounters upon its arrival in the fir forests of Mexico.

"There are just too many people in too small an area with too few economic opportunities. The result is that humans and butterflies are competing for the same forests," said Peers.

The exhibit is aimed at adults and children of all ages and cultural and educational backgrounds. It features the latest in interactive, multimedia display technologies. The goal of the international traveling exhibit is to preserve the monarch butterfly's North American migrations by conserving its northern breeding grounds and southern over-wintering sites.

A variety of activities provide enjoyment for all ages. For more information on the Monarca exhibit or for tickets call the Sternberg Museum toll free 1-877-332-1165 or at (785) 628-4286.

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