Last Tuesday I was at a dedication and ribbon cutting ceremony for…
the historic Stella Niagara Preserve by the Western New York Land Conservancy. Many dignitaries attended in support of its natural, wildlife habitat and the scenic beauty of the newly acquired 29 acres along the Niagara River.
I was there with the Lewiston Garden Club, one of the many donors to the WNY Land Conservancy project. Take a tour of the property on the Stella Niagara project and what they are protecting on Nature and Wildlife Pics.
After the dignitaries and speakers finished, the Eastern Monarch Butterfly Farm released Monarchs to the meadows of the new nature preserve. The images in this post are butterflies at release. As you can image, not much happens with a release other than the human fanfare of the occasion.
Below, the butterflies as they fly away.
The butterflies are freed from their carrier and just float away… to the nearest clover.
It was a bit dicey for these newly hatched Monarchs since the wind was picking up and taking them across a busy road, not to mention the crowd of people watching the event.
We had to be very careful where we walked so as not to step on one. When butterflies are raised like at the farm, the young butterflies are less wary than the older ones often seen in gardens. They are so intent on feeding, they are less interested in the people around them, so getting close for photos is rather easy. I only had my small P510 camera along too.
The only problem with the photos is where they land and on what the butterflies are feeding. They do not land on picturesque plants. I went back at this preserve on Monday to see if any butterflies remained and if they were laying eggs on the milkweed. They might have been. I saw about a dozen Monarchs flying in the meadow. That is a female above, brought by Eastern Monarch Butterfly Farm. Each Saturday they are at the Clarence Hollow Farmers Market June thru September 8:00 AM until 1:00 PM, 10717 Main St., Clarence, NY. I add the address so locals can visit them.
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