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Monarch Madness at the Panhandle Butterfly House

Photo: Butterfly Source: Kenneth Dwain Harrelson / CC BY 3.0 via MGN

The Panhandle Butterfly House is celebrating the amazing journey of the monarch butterfly.

This year, attendees of the 11th Annual Monarch Madness Butterfly Festival can learn about the life and biology of the monarch butterfly by unraveling the mystery of monarch migration.

Visitors will enjoy strolling through the vivarium - a screened structure housing hundreds of butterflies and the plants - and children are invited to grab a Monarch Madness passport and take it to Monarch Waystations to solve the mystery.

Children, ages five and up, and adults will also be able to tag and release a monarch butterfly for a $5 donation.

"Tagging of monarch butterflies at this event benefits research at the University of Kansas that investigates the geographic origins of monarchs that reach Mexico, the timing and pace of the migration, the mortality during migration, and changes in geographic distribution," said Mary Salinas, UF/IFAS Extension Santa Rosa County Agent.

The Panhandle Butterfly House is a certified Monarch Waystation with Monarch Watch, an educational, conservation and research organization at the University of Kansas.

Other festival features include:

  • Butterfly-related educational crafts
  • Interactive games and educational displays
  • Self-guided monarch migration tours through outdoor butterfly garden
  • Butterfly-themed treasures for sale at the Monarch Market and Butterfly Bazaar

The Monarch Madness Butterfly Festival will be held Friday, Oct. 20th through Saturday, Oct. 21st from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 8581 Navarre Parkway in Navarre Park, just west of the Navarre Bridge.

Admission is free but donations are encouraged.

Monarch Madness is put on by the Panhandle Butterfly House with help from the Santa Rosa County Tourist Development Office, as part of the 14th Annual Beaches to Woodlands Tour.

For more information visit www.panhandlebutterflyhouse.org, Facebook, or contact Mary Salinas at (850) 623-3868 between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. weekdays or via email at maryd@santarosa.fl.gov .

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