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Suitcase Exhibition

Rachel Gervais © Canadian Museum of Nature

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Monarchs is a suitcase-sized exhibition filled with interactives, specimens, games, books and more!  See if you can tell the difference between a monarch and its copycat cousin the viceroy. You've heard about Snakes and Ladders? Well how about playing Caterpillars and Clusters? Try to find butterfly expert and enthusiast Dr. Lincoln Brower at the Butterfly Parade or make a butterfly headband and hold a parade of your own.

Components

  • 3 specimen boxes
  • 4 graphic panels
  • 12 activity sheets
  • games and puzzles
  • books and DVD
  • and more

Space Requirements

Donald R. Gunn © Canadian Museum of Nature

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  • the suitcase weighs less than 30 kg (66 lb.)
  • when set up, the contents occupy one tabletop

Special Requirements

  • table
  • security and environmental controls
  • computer for DVD

Cost

  • loan fee: $280 per month
  • insurance and shipping fees are extra

Availability

  • contact us to find out when this exhibition is available

Information and Reservations

Rachel Gervais

Barry Peers © Canadian Museum of Nature

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Until 1975, no one knew where the monarchs of eastern North America went for the winter. Canadian scientist Fred Urquhart spent 15 years developing a tag for a butterfly's wing, and then 20 years plotting the journeys of subsequently tagged butterflies on a map. In 1972 he found a pattern that suggested the monarchs were flying to Mexico. Two dedicated volunteers combed the mountainous countryside, and in 1975 they discovered millions of monarchs wintering on trees in central Mexico.

 

Where to See It

  • Twillingate, Newfoundland and Labrador
  • May 15, 2017 – September 15, 2017

  • Long Point Light House

Previous Venues

  • Lac La Biche, Alberta
  • August 1, 2016 – October 31, 2016

  • Stuart MacPherson Public Library

  • Gatineau, Quebec
  • May 10, 2016 – July 15, 2016

  • National Capital Commission—Gatineau Park

  • Parry Sound, Ontario
  • March 9, 2016 – April 30, 2016

  • West Parry Sound District Museum

  • Arnprior, Ontario
  • September 1, 2015 – October 31, 2015

  • Arnprior and District Museum

  • Des Cèdres, Quebec
  • July 23, 2015 – August 23, 2015

  • Bibliothèque Gaby-Farmer-Denis

  • Saint-Zotique, Quebec
  • April 1, 2015 – June 30, 2015

  • Bibliothèque municipale de Saint-Zotique

  • Sherbrooke, Quebec
  • September 5, 2014 – September 30, 2014

  • Musée de la nature et des sciences de Sherbrooke

  • Mallowrytown, Ontario
  • May 5, 2014 – September 4, 2014

  • St-Lawrence Islands National Park of Canada

  • St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador
  • Feb. 1, 2014 – April 30, 2014

  • Johnson GEO CENTRE

  • Beauceville, Quebec
  • October 1, 2013 – October 31, 2013

  • Bibliothèque Madeleine-Doyon

  • Georgetown, Ontario
  • May 15, 2013 – September 15, 2013

  • Protect Our Water and Environmental Resources (P.O.W.E.R.)

  • Magog, Quebec
  • September 8, 2011 – December 1, 2011

  • Centre d'interpretation du Marais

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • May 1, 2011 – May 31, 2011

  • Jewish National Fund of Canada