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Butterflies Take Flight Over Bend

The Bend Bulletin highlights the Deschutes Land Trust's work to protect habitat and conserve Western monarch butterflies in Central Oregon.
By Staff Report
The Bulletin

 
Dozens of onlookers gather as Eli Egertson prepares to release a monarch butterfly in Hollinshead Park on Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019. (Ryan Brennecke/Bulletin photo)

 
A monarch butterfly takes flight from the finger of Lucy Egertson on Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019. (Ryan Brennecke/Bulletin photo)

 
One of the monarch butterflies released by the Deschutes Land Trust rests on a leaf in the Hollinshead Park on Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019. (Ryan Brennecke/Bulletin photo)


Dozens of onlookers watched as 14 monarch butterflies, each delicate and beautiful, were released into the skies above Bend Saturday by the Deschutes Land Trust.

Once Land Trust personnel removed them, one by one, from a soft-sided cage in Hollinshead Park, the butterflies set off on their autumn migration. Known for their distinctive black, orange and white pattern, the butterflies will eventually make their way to sites in Southern California.

The Land Trust was involved in rearing them through their complex life cycle from caterpillar to butterfly. More are expected to be released in the coming days.

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