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Keeping PACE with Butterfly Pavilion’s Conservation Efforts

The Science and Conservation department at Butterfly Pavilion is excited to make important strides for 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.

We're working to make the world better for pollinators, making a better world for all of us.

One out of every three bites of food eaten worldwide depends on pollinators.

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 

Blog

September 25, 2018
By Butterfly Pavilion

We Believe in the Power of Invertebrates

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December 4, 2018
By Butterfly Pavilion

Distance Learning: It’s for Everyone, Near & Far

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December 3, 2018
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Bee Fencing to Protect People and Elephants

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December 3, 2018
By Butterfly Pavilion

A Cure for Winter Doldrums

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November 28, 2018
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12 Days of Invertebrates Animal Showcase (and Song!) Comes to Colorado’s Butterfly Pavilion This December

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November 2, 2018
By Butterfly Pavilion

Colorado State University and Butterfly Pavilion Formalize Partnership

CSU and Butterfly Pavilion expand their support of interns and their research impact.
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November 2, 2018
By Butterfly Pavilion

Inspiring Environmental Stewardship

We're inspiring the next generation of environmental stewards.
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October 17, 2018
By Butterfly Pavilion

Statement on National Academy of Sciences Study Findings

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October 16, 2018
By Butterfly Pavilion

Butterfly Pavilion on FOX31 Morning News

Visit Colorado's Invertebrate Zoo to see impressive toxic terrors.
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October 4, 2018
By Butterfly Pavilion

Butterfly Pavilion in Mongolia: Parnassius Butterfly Conservation

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October 2, 2018
By Butterfly Pavilion

Environmental Education: Making Magical Connections

Environmental Education: Making Magical Connections
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September 28, 2018
By Butterfly Pavilion

Colorado’s Butterfly Pavilion Debuts Its New Look

Butterfly Pavilion Launches New Brand and Website
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September 17, 2018
By Butterfly Pavilion

BUGTOBER Returns to Butterfly Pavilion Oct. 1-31, 2018 for a Month of Toxic Terror!

Join us....if you dare!
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September 6, 2018
By Mary Ann Colley

The Business of “Bugs”: Leading Environmental Action for Sustainability

A Business of “Bugs”: Leading Environmental Action for Sustainability
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September 4, 2018
By Butterfly Pavilion

Protecting Spiders with the SWARM Program

We work to protect the species others overlook.
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August 17, 2018
By Butterfly Pavilion

Colorado Celebrates World Honey Bee Day at Butterfly Pavilion

Celebrate World Honey Bee Day at Butterfly Pavilion
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August 3, 2018
By Marissa Copan

The Importance of Nature Play & Family Adventures

Nature is essential to our well-being as humans.
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July 13, 2018
By Butterfly Pavilion

Summer Events in Full Bloom

Summer Events and Exhibits are in Full Bloom at Colorado's Butterfly Pavilion
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July 2, 2018
By Butterfly Pavilion

Dragonfly Research at High Altitude

Loving Dragonflies at High Altitude
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July 2, 2018
By Butterfly Pavilion

New Media. New Experiences.

It's incredible what a team can pull together with a little bit of passion.
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June 20, 2018
By Butterfly Pavilion

Colorado’s Butterfly Pavilion And Denver’s Edible Beats Restaurant Group Announce New Beehive Partnership

We are proud to establish and manage a beehive in the Edible Beats Restaurant Group's urban garden. We are incredibly happy that honey from our bees, locally sourced will be served at some of Denver's best restaurants like, Root Down, Linger, Ophelia's, Vital Root and El Five.
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June 4, 2018
By Butterfly Pavilion

Monarchs & Magical Cities: A Journey to Mexico’s Monarch Sanctuaries

Monarchs & Magical Cities: A Journey to Mexico's Monarch Sanctuaries
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May 25, 2018
By Butterfly Pavilion

Butterfly Pavilion Statement on Poisoned Bees

As a leader in pollinator conservation, Butterfly Pavilion has a responsibility as stewards of invertebrates and their habitats to find sustainable solutions to the pollinator crisis, through habitat restoration, research, and responsible conscientious pest management practices.
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May 7, 2018
By Butterfly Pavilion

Telling the Untold Story: The Value of Interpreting Invertebrates

The Value of Interpreting Invertebrates
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May 7, 2018
By Butterfly Pavilion

Beekeeping, Pollinator Awareness through Conservation and Education, and Rice’s Honey

Beekeeping, PACE, and Rice's Honey
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April 17, 2018
By Butterfly Pavilion

Butterfly Pavilion Announces Naming Contest for Our New Octopus

Can you come up with the winning name for our Octoups Vulgaris, the common octopus?
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April 5, 2018
By Butterfly Pavilion

Saving Coastal Dunes, One Bug at a Time

Did you ever think bugs could save a beach? Well, they can!
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March 23, 2018
By Butterfly Pavilion

New Survival Exhibit Opens at Butterfly Pavilion on March 24, 2018

Colorado’s only invertebrate zoo, will debut its newest interactive exhibit, Survival, beginning March 24, 2018.
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March 22, 2018
By Butterfly Pavilion

The Mystery of Colorado’s Butterfly Populations

“Where have all the butterflies gone?” is a common question I get when I tell people I study butterflies for a living.
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March 6, 2018
By Butterfly Pavilion

World Spider Day Comes to Butterfly Pavilion March 17, 2018

World Spider Day Spins a Fascinating Web at Butterfly Pavilion on March 17, 2018
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March 2, 2018
By Butterfly Pavilion

The Value of Citizen Science

Picture a scientist. What is the person wearing? What are they doing? Do you they look anything like you?
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February 1, 2018
By Butterfly Pavilion

Entomophagy: Could Eating Insects Save the World?

Entomophagy is the technical term for eating insects...
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February 1, 2018
By Butterfly Pavilion

The Urban Prairies Project: Habitat Conservation and Community Wellness

Sometimes, conservation and habitat restoration wind up building community.
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January 22, 2018
By Butterfly Pavilion

A Message from our President and CEO

Science and education can change the world.
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January 22, 2018
By Butterfly Pavilion

Keeping PACE with Butterfly Pavilion’s Conservation Efforts

The Science and Conservation department at Butterfly Pavilion is excited to make important strides for pollinators.
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January 22, 2018
By Butterfly Pavilion

Two Colorado Companies Join Forces to Promote Pollinator Awareness Worldwide

Rice’s® Honey to partner with Butterfly Pavilion’s PACE Initiative to inform consumers about the importance of pollination.
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November 1, 2017
By Butterfly Pavilion

Butterfly Pavilion to participate in the Colorado Pollinator Summit at the Denver Botanic Gardens, Nov. 2, 2017

One of every three bites of food eaten worldwide depends on pollinators like bees, butterflies and beetles and without them, there would be no fruits, nuts, vegetables, oils or most flowers!
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September 26, 2017
By Butterfly Pavilion

Butterfly Pavilion’s New Facility in Broomfield, Colo. to be the Global Hub for Invertebrate Research, Conservation and Education

New, $30M, 60,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art invertebrate zoo and research center will be the jewel of the global invertebrate community – inspiring a new way of connecting to environmental conservation.
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