Monarch butterfly exhibit well received

The On the Trails of the Monarch Butterfly exhibit is at the New Iceland Heritage Museum in Gimli until May 1. Nathan Liewicki / Interlake Spectator

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GIMLI — Always looking to fill space, the New Iceland Heritage Museum’s latest travelling exhibit has received rave reviews from guests.

On the Trail of the Monarch Butterfly arrived in Gimli on Feb. 15 and the exhibit will remain inside the museum until May 1.

“It has been well received. People are coming from all over, from Winnipeg and across the Interlake to see it,” Jo-Anne Johannsson, the museum’s finance and public relations director told The Interlake Spectator on March 22.

The exhibit, which includes a 60-minute educational documentary film, Papalotzin — The Flight of the Monarch Butterfly, came to Gimli through Ingenium, Canada’s Museums of Science and Innovation.

The documentary was made by Mexico’s Francisco Gutiérrez, who, in August 2005, took off in his ultra-light aircraft from Montreal to follow the monarch butterflies on their 6,000-kilometre migration from Canada to the mountains of central Mexico, in a bid to raise awareness of the importance of preserving the butterflies’ habitat.

The On the Trails of the Monarch Butterfly exhibit is at the New Iceland Heritage Museum in Gimli until May 1. Nathan Liewicki / Interlake Spectator

The material from Gutiérrez’s trek forms the basis of the exhibit, which was produced collaborateively with Embassy of Mexico and the Canada Aviation and Space Museum.

According to Johannsson, New Iceland executive director Julianna Roberts felt the exhibit is “pertinent to Manitoba because the monarchs are on the (verge of joining) endangered species list.”

However, before the exhibit arrived at the museum, New Iceland staff was made aware that population numbers for the monarch butterfly are increasing.

Tickets cost $7 for adults, $6 for seniors and students, while children six-years-old and under get in free. Family admission is $15, with the museum open weekdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and on weekends from 1 to 4 p.m.

Papalotzin is shown daily at 1 and 3 p.m., as well as weekdays at 11 a.m.

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