New and exciting changes on the horizon for Colorado's Invertebrate Zoo.
Happy New Year! I hope this finds you healthy and happy, having spent the last part of 2017 with those you love doing the things you love (which I hope included a trip to Butterfly Pavilion!). This year is shaping up to be big as we begin the next stage in our development.
We’re bringing in a new exhibit called “Survival” which will focus on unique adaptations invertebrates have undergone to safeguard their species; we’ll celebrate summer carnival-style with a bigger and better Insectival; and year two of Bugtober, our ode to Halloween, promises the creepiest, crawliest family experience in the Denver Metro area.
Come 2022, Colorado will be home to Butterfly Pavilion at the Center for Invertebrate Research and Conservation (CIRC), an unprecedented multi-use development combining science, environmental conservation, education and commercial development, ushering in a model for future community development, as well as positioning Butterfly Pavilion as the jewel of the global invertebrate community – inspiring a new way of connecting to environmental conservation. We believe that science has the power to change the world. And education is where it starts.
So one of our New Year’s Resolutions is to provide more opportunities for you to learn about invertebrates, beyond what you learn within the walls of Butterfly Pavilion. Starting this month, we’ll share a feature story from our Science & Conservation and Education teams. This month, our Vice President of Science & Conservation, Mary Ann Colley, will tell you all about our Pollinator Awareness through Conservation and Education (PACE) program and what we’re doing to protect these critical insects. In the months that follow, you’ll hear from our Horticulturist and Lepidopterist on how you can become a citizen scientist and join the effort to increase pollinator habitat and monitor butterfly populations, respectively. And we’ll give you a front line report from Arcadia, California, where we’re working with the Bureau of Land Management to help protect coastal dune habitat for invertebrates.
Suffice it to say, we’re doing far more than what you see at Butterfly Pavilion, and our goal is to be the global hub for invertebrate knowledge for the governmental and academic institutions, as well as a resource for everyday conservationists. Enjoy the newsletter and I hope to see you at Butterfly Pavilion in 2018!
Patrick Tennyson, President & CEO 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.local.