Flight of the Butterflies Project 2014 2017-06-22T16:14:10+00:00

Flight of the Butterflies and Climate Change Project

Just as the elephant is a metaphor of the connection between humans and a planet in crisis so too are butterflies an environmental indicator. Butterfly populations have declined over the years. Its survival is affected by loss of habitat, use of herbicides and pesticides, and changes in climate. Similar to a canary in a coal mine, the butterfly is an indicator species for global climate change. Butterflies can emerge two days earlier when temperatures are just one degree warmer. this means they could encounter frost or even starve to death. Changes in Climate can affect their migration patterns as well.

Building on the success of the baby elephant project, we invited students to build the skin of a larger-than-life butterfly frame using recycled materials and learn what they can do to change the way they live. We worked with 14 local school communities to creatively address issues caused by global climate change and our expanding ecological footprint.

“Just living is not enough,” said the butterfly, “one must have sunshine, freedom and a little flower.” ~ Hans Christian Andersen

These schools participated in the 2013-2014 Flight of the Butterflies and Climate Change project:

Sodt Elementary, Monroe
Monroe Middle, Monroe
Arborwood Elementary, Monroe
Manor Elementary, Monroe
North Elementary, Newport
St. Charles School, Newport
Carleton Christian Co-Op, Carleton
St. Patrick School, Carleton
Ida Elementary, Ida
Dundee Middle, Dundee
Mason Central Elementary, Erie
Ritter Elementary, S Rockwood
Summerfield Elementary, Petersburg
Chase Academy, Toledo

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