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Butterflies in the Pass Monarch Festival

Join Pass Christian Public Library and Pass Christian Main Street for Butterflies in the Pass Monarch Festival on Saturday, October 1st from 10am-1pm in War Memorial Park in Pass Christian. The festival will be located near the gazebo and the Billy Bourdin Butterfly Garden and Monarch Way Station inside War Memorial Park. This event will feature speakers, educational exhibits, hands on activities for all ages and a walking parade for anyone in butterfly regalia (including pets). The goal of the festival is to celebrate and educate our community about Monarch butterflies and other pollinators-their benefits, lifecycles, and what we can do to help them thrive.

The schedule for this event is as follows:

10am-Welcome and Butterfly Walking Parade

10:30am-Dr. Gary Bachman on “Butterfly and Pollinator Gardening All Year Long”

11:30am-Dr. Caz Taylor from Tulane University Caz Lab on “Monarch Butterflies on the Gulf Coast: Changes in migration and parasites”

1:00pm-Exhibits Close

Exhibitors at the Festival include: Mississippi State Extension, Crosby Arboretum, Pass Christian Garden Club, Hancock and Harrison County Master Naturalists, Hancock County Master Gardeners, Mississippi Forestry Commission, Mississippi Museum of Natural Science, Harrison and Hancock County Soil and Water Conservation Districts, Gulf Coast Beekeepers Association, Dr. Jeffrey Harris, Mississippi State Apiarist, Dr. Blair Sampson with USDA, Mississippi State University Entomology Department Bug Blues and the Pass Christian Public Library.

This event is free and open to the public. We are asking those attending to bring lawn chairs (if they are able). Butterfly themed costumes are encouraged! The Market in the Park will also take place during the festival and will have butterfly themed items for sale. If the weather is bad, the event will be moved to the Pass Christian Library (located at 111 Hiern Avenue). If you need further information, please call the Pass Christian Public Library at 228-452-4596 or email passchristianlibrary@gmail.com for more information. You can also get information from Facebook (Pass Christian Library page) or follow the Pass Christian Library on Instagram. Sponsors for this event include: Pass Christian Public Library, City of Pass Christian, Pass Christian Garden Club, Coast Coca-Cola Bottling Unit, Mississippi Wildflower Trail, Keep Mississippi Beautiful and the Mississippi Department of Transportation.

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