Cleveland Botanical Garden daily butterfly release creates “amazing” experience

“To witness them in person could be a life changing event for you.”

Cleveland Botanical Garden daily butterfly release creates “amazing” experience
Maybe you’re just a fan of the Cleveland Botanical Gardens, or maybe it’s just a gray day and you want to escape to Madagascar or walk above the trees. The daily butterfly release is a favorite for visitors who can stop and hold the insects before they launch into the indoor forest. (Michael Dakota)

CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - Everyday, Tuesday thru Sunday, at 2:00 p.m., visitors at the Cleveland Botanical Garden gather around Mark Bir, an affable man, who gently reaches into a butterfly net and places a newly hatched butterfly on the hands of people who have collected to watch the release.

Butterfly release is a daily event

Bir, who wears a cowboy hat and handlebar mustache, has nothing but kind things to say about the butterflies. “They’re wonderful creatures," Bir said. “And to witness them in person could be a life changing event for you.”

For one visitor who stopped to watch she couldn’t agree more. With two butterflies on her hand she smiles broadly and embraces her up close adventure with the colorfully winged creatures. “It’s amazing,” she said. “I absolutely love it.”

Maybe you’re just a fan of the Cleveland Botanical Gardens, or maybe it’s just a gray day and you want to escape to Madagascar or walk above the trees. The daily butterfly release is a favorite for visitors who can stop and hold the insects before they launch into the indoor forest.
Maybe you’re just a fan of the Cleveland Botanical Gardens, or maybe it’s just a gray day and you want to escape to Madagascar or walk above the trees. The daily butterfly release is a favorite for visitors who can stop and hold the insects before they launch into the indoor forest. (Michael Dakota)

Botanical Garden employee Cait Anastis calls the butterflies “ambassadors.”

“We want people to connect with the plants,” Anastis said. “The butterflies are beautiful and people want to know more.”

The ten-acre facility contains two biomes dedicated to creating a Madagascar and Costa Rico experience. The butterflies are released in the biome simulating Costa Rico. Anastis reminds those around her that the plants you see around you are habitat and food for the butterflies, and if you value the butterfly you have to preserve the forest.

The Cleveland Botanical Gardens are located at 11030 East Blvd, Cleveland, OH 44106.

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