We went to the Telus World of Science to watch Flight of the Butterflies.
“Dr. Fred Urquhart, his wife Norah and their team spent almost 40 years to find the monarch overwintering sites in Mexico. They spent many years perfecting the right tag that would stay attached to the front wing. They started the Insect Migration Association and recruited and taught thousands of volunteers in Canada and the U.S. to tag butterflies in hopes of understanding their migratory paths and finding where they disappeared for months at a time.” (From Educators Guide)
We learned that scientists keep trying for a very long time, even when they are not getting the results they want. We learned that in science, luck is sometimes an important factor. For example, it was very lucky that Mr. Urquhart found a butterfly with one of his tags on the ground. We learned that scientists work to try to find proof for their ideas. We learned that we can all observe nature like scientists by looking carefully at the world around us.