EXCLUSIVE AUDIO & VIDEO INTERVIEWS: AWN Visits National Butterfly Center During Annual Festival

AWN Editor M. Samuel Anderson interviews Marianna Trevino Wright, executive director of the National Butterfly Center in Mission, Texas during the annual Texas Butterfly Festival, coinciding with the migration of monarchs from Canada and other parts of northern North America to Mexico. See the audio-podcast and video files in this blog post to learn more. (All AWN photos by Angie Anderson)

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.

CLICK THIS LINK: AWN full audio interview of Mariana Wright

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.

 

Monarch butterflies adorn the flowers at the south-Texas National Butterfly Center during the Texas Butterfly Festival Nov. 5, 2019 (All photos by AWN / Angie Anderson)

 

This sign on the grounds of the National Butterfly Center speaks for itself.

 

The National Butterfly Center also is home to a massive variety of colorful birds in the subtropical climate of deep-south Texas.