South Padre Island to have monarch migration celebration

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    As coastal nectar plants are in full bloom now, many monarch butterflies are enjoying them during their migration journey down the Texas coast to wintering grounds in central Mexico.

    In celebration of monarch butterfly migration, the South Padre Island Birding, Nature Center and Alligator Sanctuary is going to host its annual Hallowings Across South Padre Island event on Saturday.

    “The fall season is a gorgeous time of year on South Padre Island,” naturalist educator Javier Gonzalez said. “The weather is sweet and fall flowering nectar plants all over the island and in our gardens burst into full bloom in perfect sync with the passing of kaleidoscopes of migrating monarch butterflies on route to wintering sites in central Mexico via the coastal flyway.”

    SPI Birding, Nature Center and Alligator Sanctuary personnel say this event aims to raise awareness about monarch migration, their challenges and conservation.

    The center has a schedule full of activities planned for Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

    Singer and entertainer Leslie Blasing will perform from 10 to 11 a.m. Sandcastle building begins at 10 a.m. and finishes at noon. Face painting will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

    A butterfly walk will take place from 10:30 to 11:15 a.m.

    Mariachi Sol Azteca will have an hour-long performance starting at 11:15 a.m.

    A Gardening for Monarchs Presentation will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

    A costume parade begins at 1 p.m.

    Singer and entertainer Danica will perform from 1:15 to 2:15 p.m. Another butterfly walk will be held from 1:30 to 2:15 p.m.

    Throughout the event there will be crafts and games, local vendors, a moonwalk bounce and a native plant sale. Attendees will be able to purchase native plants that help aid monarchs’ migration from their own home.

    “October is the month when all the gardens are in full bloom and at their prime,” Gonzalez said. “This will be a great way to experience this beautiful season on South Padre Island.”

    For more information about the SPI Birding, Nature Center and Alligator Sanctuary, visit www.spibirding.com