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Calling young scientists: A contest all about the physics of flying insects!

In Newsby Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory

A passion for learning is something we love and encourage here at Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory, so when the esteemed Professor Orbax from the Physics Department at the University of Guelph reached out to us to collaborate on a contest we didn't hesitate to jump on board. Orbax and Pepper do Science Professor Orbax and his long suffering lab assistant Sweet ...
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Cheecho Turns 11!

In Conservatoryby Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory

If you’ve been to the Conservatory, you’ve likely seen our Green-cheeked Conure, Cheecho. Cheecho has called the Conservatory home for close to a decade and he’s celebrating his 11th birthday this weekend! Green-cheeked Conures are small parrots known for their outgoing personalities. Cheecho is always curious, spunky, (and sometimes mischievous!) and because he loves social interaction, our staff spend time ...
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Monarchs and Milkweed

In Conservatoryby Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory

The Ontario Monarchs are off! They've felt the environmental cues - colder weather, shorter days, and fewer milkweed plants - and they've packed their bags and headed south. They have a two-month, 4000+ kilometer journey ahead of them before they arrive in the Sierra Madre Mountain range in Central Mexico where they will spend the winter. After their long hibernation, ...
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4 Reasons Why You Should Attend our Wedding Open House

In News, Weddings and Eventsby Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory

We're having a Wedding Open House on Wednesday, October 16 from 6:30-8:00pm, and below are 4 reasons why you should come! (No RSVP required!) 1. Explore our Unique Venue While we invite couples to make an appointment with our Wedding Experts on any given day, this is the best opportunity to see the space brought to life for an actual ...
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Monarch Tagging Weekend

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Summer is coming to a close, and that means that the Monarch butterflies are beginning their 5000 km journey south to overwinter in Mexico. Most adult Monarch butterflies that you see in the summer only live 2-5 weeks, but the migratory generation (those that emerge from their chrysalides in late August and early September) lives an exceptional 6-8 months. A ...
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What is pollination?

In Conservatory, Newsby Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory

Stories about the decline and disappearance of pollinators are abundant in the news worldwide and there's no doubt that these stories are spurring action in our communities. But what exactly is pollination, who are the pollinators, and why are they important? What is pollination? Pollination is the act of pollen being moved from the anther of a flower to the ...
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Decline of the American Bumble Bee

In Newsby Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory

Perhaps you’ve seen some articles on social media talking about a worrisome phenomenon that scientists are calling the “Insect Apocalypse”. Researchers are starting to put concrete numbers to the startling decline of major insect populations around the world, and the numbers are scary. One of the insect groups on decline is one that’s probably the most familiar and recognizable to ...
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Goin’ on a bug hunt, gonna catch a big one!

In Newsby Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory

Did you know there are thousands of the world’s tiniest but most amazing animals living in your own backyard? Many of us think of mammals when we hear the word “animals” but insects and arachnids are animals too! We are lucky that the backyard of the Conservatory is several acres of wildflower meadow and this year we have decided to ...
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Plan Your Visit

In Conservatory, Newsby Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory

Planning a visit to the Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory in the near future? Like many of our visitors, it is likely that you have a few questions before deciding to come and see us. Where will I park? Is there somewhere close by to eat? How long can we expect to spend in the facility? Look no further than this post ...
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The Monarchs are Back!

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Every fall our Ontario population of Monarch butterflies (Danaus plexippus) heads south to overwinter in the mountains of Mexico. In late May, after what feels like an eternity, we finally start seeing Monarchs once again filling our skies with those vibrant wings of orange, making their way to our patches of milkweed to lay their eggs. Milkweed is the host ...