Butterfly Open House in the works
Film screening and Butterfly Nursery tour set for this weekend
TUSCOLA — Dogtown Artworks will host a Butterfly Open House from 2 to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Jarman Center, 704 N. Main St.
Cindy and Kirby Pringle have a photography studio in the Jarman Center. They recently completed a 22-minute documentary that looks at the declining population of the monarch butterfly and what people can do to reverse the trend.
"Plight of the Monarch," will be screened in the Jarman dining room.
In addition, the Pringles will offer a tour of the relocated Butterfly Nursery at Jarman. More than two years ago, they started the nursery on the third floor of the building. They recently moved the nursery, where monarch butterflies are raised from eggs to adults and then set free, to the gallery room on the first floor.
"The new space is in a lot better location and easily accessible to the public. We've had a lot of visitors, especially children, check out the nursery the last couple of years. They find it very educational — which is the whole purpose of the room — and the new location makes it even easier to see the butterflies," Cindy Pringle said.
The Pringles will also have copies for sale of their newest book, "The Butterfly That Would Not Fly." In the book, Pearl Barker finds a monarch butterfly that's afraid of heights. Pearl and her husband, Earl, try to help the butterfly overcome its fear so that it can migrate to Mexico and join millions of other overwintering monarchs.
The husband-and-wife team will talk about how to grow milkweed and how to find monarch butterfly eggs and properly raise them to adults for release into the wild.
"The documentary film takes a look at the declining population of monarch butterflies. We made it last year, with all the filming taking place in and around Tuscola," Kirby Pringle said. "And the documentary is more timely than ever. Last year's overwintering population of monarch butterflies in Mexico was the lowest on record. We have not seen one monarch butterfly this year — which is not a good sign."
Cindy Pringle did find nine monarch eggs and all of them are now in the chrysalis stage at the Butterfly Nursery. Some of the adult butterflies are set to emerge during the open house.
For those unable to attend the screening, "Plight of the Monarch" is also available for viewing on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zwb50jDl6r0.
Call 689-4575 for more information about the event.