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Moody Gardens launches new initiative to conserve monarch butterfly

By Kelly Killian, Kelly Killian, kkillian@ktxs.com
Published On: Feb 14 2013 08:32:53 AM CST
ABILENE, Texas -

Jerri Hamachek from Moody Gardens visited KTXS on Thursday to discuss Moody Garden's plans for the spring.

According to their website, Moody Gardens is "a public, non-profit educational destination utilizing nature in the advancement of rehabilitation, conservation, recreation, and research."

This spring Moody Gardens is launching a public awareness campaign about the monarch butterfly migration.

According to Moody Gardens, millions of monarchs complete a 1,500 mile quest across North America every year. As they travel north from Mexico, they lay eggs on milkweed plants in Texas.

The public awareness effort was created because of the shrinking monarch population being threatened by the Texas drought.

Moody Gardens has a new film this spring called "Butterflies 3D." A portion of sales from the film will be donated to the leading conservation organization in Mexico, called "Fondo Mexicano para la Conservacion de la Naturaleza."

Moody Gardens is open 365 days a year. It is open between 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. with some exceptions. It is located in Galveston. For more information, visit http://www.moodygardens.org.