The people who run the exhibit are very knowledgeable about the creatures that they house. I learned the silkmoths that closely resemble the cecropia moth in my yard the other night has a lifespan of about 10 days. During that time, they never feed because they don’t have a digestive system. Strange, isn’t it?
This little oasis is a tranquil place. With soft music and natural sounds, you can lose yourself for a while along with the singing birds and fluttering butterflies.
The conservatory has been open for seven years and it definitely took me too long to get there. Do yourself a favor and stop by. It’s located on Route 7, less than a mile east of Interstate-88’s Exit 16, and it’s open year-round. The butterflies are most active on warm, sunny summer days, by the way.
It is a magnificent exhibit that will give you a chance to escape the hectic times of our lives. Wear a bright-colored shirt and the butterflies will seem to swarm around you. I even had one land on my shoulder.
For more information, call 607-435-1147 or visit the website www.OneontaButterflies.com.
The Department of Environmental Conservation will light all of the Catskill Fire Towers at 9 p.m. Saturday. The fire towers that remain are in a pattern about nine miles apart on some of the Catskill’s highest peaks, including Overlook, Mt. Tremper, Hunter, Utsayantha, Balsam Lake and Red Hill. It will be like huge fireflies dotting the Forest Preserve. Several other towers out of the Catskill Park also may be lit. This is a unique experience that hasn’t happened since the early 1970s, when these towers were manned to watch for forest fires. The towers will be lit up for about a half-hour Saturday.
Rick Brockway writes a weekly outdoors column for The Daily Star. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.