The Science and Conservation department is excited to get this year’s research and conservation underway and is looking forward to making great strides, particularly for pollinators.
Butterfly Pavilion is the only stand-alone AZA accredited invertebrate zoo in the world! With 97% of all the earth’s animals being invertebrates that makes our job pretty big. With that we believe it is our duty to protect this vital group of animals now so they can continue to support successful ecosystems in the future.
You may have heard a bit about our Pollinator Awareness through Conservation and Education (PACE) initiative in your recent visits to Butterfly Pavilion. We have been working hard to make a better world for our pollinators. Butterfly Pavilion understands the critical need for pollinators to support a sustainable world for us to live and thrive in. With the declines in pollinator populations from bees to butterflies our work is more important than ever. And what is really amazing is that our work has immediate and positive outcomes. If we restore a natural area, invertebrates as well as other animals can and will use it right away and benefit from it. It makes our work really tangible knowing that we can see our results relatively quickly.
PACE encompasses work on a local and global scale. Our work spans from the study and monitoring of our local butterflies, to habitat restoration, to the assessment of Mongolian butterflies to the creation of sustainable business ventures in the tropics. I bet you didn’t know we were up to so much, so much that we can’t share it all at once!
With that said, I can’t help but tell you a bit to get you as excited as we are about the work we do. We have been able to make great strides through some of our citizen science programs. Our Urban Prairies Project (UPP) has begun the restoration of 43 acres of open space with 25 more acres planned for this year and we have over 110 monitoring sites with our Colorado Butterfly Monitoring Network. This is only possible through the amazing support from the citizens in our communities. Each program continues to grow each year with the community taking hold of reigns and making a commitment to the habitats they live within. We will also support the monitoring of our state’s threatened Pawnee Montane skipper, lead an eco-trip to Michoacán, Mexico to see the Monarch butterfly’s overwintering site, venture further west to continue new pollinator work in California’s Humboldt County Coastal Dunes and so much more.
Our study organisms may be small but they are the cornerstone of our planet’s success. We are excited to share the latest and greatest of our work with you each month. We all have a hand in protecting our pollinators, reach out and let us know if you are interested in helping us – your support helps us keep up the PACE!
Mary Ann Colley, VP of Science and Conservation at Butterfly Pavilion
About Butterfly Pavilion:
Founded in July 1995 and accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, Butterfly Pavilion is the first stand-alone, non-profit invertebrate zoo in the nation, occupying a 30,000-square foot facility situated on an 11-acre campus provided by the City of Westminster, Colorado. Butterfly Pavilion’s mission is to foster an appreciation of butterflies and other invertebrates while educating the public about the need for conservation of threatened habitats in the tropics and around the world. Learn more at www.butterflies.org.
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Media Contact: Kristen Petitt Stewart for Butterfly Pavilion, firstname.lastname@example.org or 970-389-1561.