FROM THE NOTEBOOK OF EDITOR M. SAMUEL ANDERSON: Awakening News (AWN) made the trek from Canada to visit the National Butterfly Center in far-south Texas on Nov. 5, 2019 for the third time, this time meeting with the Center’s Executive Director Mariana Trevino Wright. She explains in the audio interview below the Center’s role in providing a “pit stop” and sanctuary for migrating monarch butterflies and explains the activities of the annual Texas Butterfly Festival that ran Nov. 2-5 this year. And while she also expounds on next year’s 25th Texas Butterfly Festival and the special plans for that milestone, she also explains in the audio interview (and in a shorter video clip) the crucial role pollinators play in not only nurturing the human food supply but also making possible the general growth of critical vegetation and the preservation of groundwater. Simply put, without butterflies, bees, bats and other pollinators, the earth would be a largely desolate place, she said.
And please see shorter video interview directly below where National Butterfly Center Executive Director Marianna Trevino Wright specifies the broad earthly benefits that butterflies (and even bats etc) provide—well beyond the pollination of crops for human consumption.