“Moving for Monarchs” takes flight in Kansas during Pollinator Week

Dance, film, photography project for monarch butterfly conservation begins June 21st.

In celebration of Pollinator Week (June 17th-23rd), a team of artists from around the United States will assemble in Lawrence, KS, on June 21, 2013, to launch “Moving for Monarchs”.

“Moving for Monarchs” is a dance, film, and photography project designed to capture the public's imagination while demonstrating that human beings and pollinators are intricately tied together in the "dance of life" and ultimately share the same fate.

The project has three goals: to raise awareness of the essential role of all pollinators in the "dance of life," to highlight the plight of those pollinators, and to inspire grassroots action to restore habitats for monarchs and other pollinators by adding milkweeds and nectar plants to gardens.

As pointed out by Orley "Chip" Taylor, Director of Monarch Watch, a non-profit group located in Lawrence, KS, monarch populations are declining due to loss of habitat. In Taylor’s view, to sustain the monarchs’ yearly migration, conservation and restoration of milkweeds, the only host plants for monarch caterpillars, needs to become a national priority.

Inspired by Taylor's call to action, New York City-based dancer Gwynedd Vetter-Drusch and cinematographers Gabriella Garcia-Pardo (Washington, DC) and Jaimie Schirmer  (Alpharetta, GA) are creating a short film and photograph series, the first installment of which will be shot on location in monarch habitat in Kansas.

On Friday, June 21, the Moving for Monarchs team will arrive in Lawrence, KS, at Monarch Waystation #1 on the campus of the University of Kansas. The following day, Saturday, June 22, filming will begin in Manhattan, Kansas, on the Konza Prairie, managed by Kansas State University, and will continue through Sunday, June 23rd.

For more information about Moving for Monarchs and the dance, film photography project in support of pollinators, please contact:

Gwynedd Vetter-Drusch 712.887.0290 gwynedd.vetdru@gmail.com

To learn more about Monarch Watch and the challenges facing pollinators, please follow these links: Monarch Watch Press Materials: http://www.monarchwatch.org/press/

Explanation of Declining Monarch Populations: http://monarchwatch.org/decline

Pollinator Week http://www.pollinator.org/pollinatorweek2013.htm

Pollination Facts http://pollinator.org/PDFs/NPW/2012/PollinationFastFacts.pdf

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