Monarch Butterfly Endangered Species Mural to Be Unveiled in Minneapolis on August 23

Monarch butterflyPhoto by Collete Adkins-Giese, Center for Biological Diversity.

MINNEAPOLIS—(ENEWSPF)–August 18, 2015.  The Center for Biological Diversity will unveil a beautiful monarch butterfly mural at an event at Toni’s Market in south Minneapolis on Sunday. The monarch painting is the third mural in the Center’s new endangered species mural project, which is placing murals in communities across the country to foster a stronger connection with local imperiled species.

The Minneapolis mural celebrates these beloved butterflies, once-common backyard friends that have declined by more than 80 percent in the past 20 years due to herbicides and habitat loss. The Center and allies petitioned for Endangered Species Act protection for the monarch last year, and the species is currently under consideration for federal protection by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

What: A public reception and unveiling of a monarch butterfly endangered species mural.

Who: The mural is by artist Roger Peet and local artists, who will be available for media interviews at the site from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. all week while the mural is being painted. At Sunday’s unveiling, scientists from the Center for Biological Diversity and the University of Minnesota Monarch Lab will be on hand to give short talks and answer questions, including Tierra Curry, a senior scientist at the Center and a lead author on the legal petition to protect the monarch under the Endangered Species Act. The event is being held in partnership with Monarch Joint Venture and includes music by the band Tree Party; face painting; butterfly crafts led by Girl Scout Troop #56198; and free milkweed seeds. (Milkweed is the only food of the monarch caterpillar.)

When: Sunday, August 23, 2015 5 p.m.-7 p.m.

Where: Toni’s Market, 3500 Chicago Ave South Minneapolis, MN

Cost: Free

Learn more about the Center’s Endangered Species Mural Project and the amazing, migrating monarch butterfly.

The Center for Biological Diversity is a national, nonprofit conservation organization with more than 900,000 members and online activists dedicated to the protection of endangered species and wild places.