Attendees Aflutter At CVHF’s Mindful For Monarchs Event
It was a breezy afternoon at the Catherine Violet Hubbard Foundation’s (CVHF) animal sanctuary on Old Farm Road, but that did not keep “Sunday at the Sanctuary: Mindful for Monarchs” from taking place there September 20.
The organization’s Sunday at the Sanctuary series features free activities for all ages to enjoy as they connect with nature and its living creatures. The ongoing program honors the compassion for all animals shown by 6-year-old Catherine Hubbard, who was killed at Sandy Hook Elementary on December 14, 2012.
Mindful for Monarchs focused on exploring the wonders of many pollinators, including bees and monarch butterflies.
All participants were asked to register ahead of attending one of the two available sessions and masks were required.
Newtown resident Sandy Schill was on site with Marsha Vetare to show guests the marvelous life cycle of monarch butterflies. The two brought examples of caterpillars, chrysalises, and the awe-inspiring final stage: a butterfly ready to fly off for migration.
Due to the weather’s higher-than-expected winds, Schill did not tag and release any butterflies, but said one lucky lady butterfly that was with her in a safe enclosure would be released Monday in Norwalk by Vetare.
There were plenty of other living creatures flying, hopping, and scurrying freely around the property’s meadows to the delight of participants. Sweep nets were offered to give children the opportunity to temporarily catch insects, peer at them, then release them.
Nature experts were on site at tents spaced throughout the property to help educate attendees about all the living creatures, visiting or residing, at the sanctuary property. Among the educators were entomologist Dr Rayda Krell and Audubon Center Bent of the River representative Ken Elkins.
For more information about upcoming Catherine Violet Hubbard Foundation events, visit cvhfoundation.org.