On the Trail of the Monarch Butterfly
- Dates:December 4, 2018 - January 30, 2019 ( Recurring daily )
- Location:Sam Waller Museum
- City:The Pas
- Times:From: 01:00 PM to 05:00 PM
- Admission:Standard Admission Rates: $5.00 for adult; $3.00 for student / senior; $10.00 for family
- Address: 306 Fischer Avenue The Pas, MB
- Phone: 204-623-3802
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- Region: North of 53
Produced by the Canada Aviation and Space Museum in collaboration with the Embassy of Mexico, this travelling exhibition exemplifies true teamwork, both in its creation and in its story.
Through microphotographic images and spectacular aerial photographs, join Mexican filmmaker and pilot Francisco “Vico” Gutiérrez as he follows the monarch’s amazing journey from Montreal, Canada, to the mountains of central Mexico. In his ultralight, decorated with the motif of the monarch butterfly and aptly named Papalotzin (the Aztec word for “small butterfly”), he covered over 6,000 kilometres in 90 hours of flight over 72 days.
Vico’s adventure to raise awareness about butterfly habitat conservation became a true voyage of discovery as he followed the extreme challenges faced by monarch butterflies during their annual migration. With a lifespan of only about two months, no one monarch can complete the entire trip on its own — it takes up to four generations of these beautiful creatures to cover the entire distance of the migration.
Funding to bring the exhibit to the Sam Waller Museum was provided by the Museum Assistance Program through the Department of Canadian Heritage.