Friday, January 4, 2013

Flight of the Butterflies



New IMAX documentary "Flight of the Butterflies" tracing the efforts of Fred Urquhart and a team of volunteer "Citizen Scientists" to track and discover the winter congregations of migrating monarch butterflies.

From the Washington Post review:
It took decades of tagging and research to uncover the mysterious sanctuary, and Urquhart’s hard work is the filmgoer’s gain, enabling director Mike Slee to capture millions of butterflies in one place. Their constantly beating wings sound like raindrops on a forest floor, and when they converge side by side on branches, trees appear to be composed of orange and black butterfly bark. It’s an arresting visual that looks like something out of a Tim Burton film.

Here's the Smithsonian Website:
The monarch butterfly is a true marvel of nature. Weighing less than a penny, it makes one of the longest migrations on Earth across a continent to a place it has never known. Follow the monarchs' perilous journey and experience millions of them in the remote mountain peaks of Mexico, with breathtaking cinematography from an award winning team including Oscar® winner Peter Parks. Be captivated by the true and compelling story of an intrepid scientist's 40-year search to find their secret hideaway. Unravel the mysteries and experience the Flight of the Butterflies.

Nearest locations to see the film which opened this week in DC:   
Check the links for opening dates and showtimes in Harrisburg and Baltimore.

Earlier blog post from Kathy Engle:  Monarch Monday
All butterfly posts, including Kathy's wonderful Gardens with Wings series.

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