Get a Head Start on Spring at the Montréal Space for Life
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Get a Head Start on Spring At the Montréal Space for Life
Montréal, March 13, 2012 – Forget the grey skies, the cold and the sleet, for spring has truly arrived at the Montréal Space for Life institutions. Take a stroll through the Biodôme's Laurentian Maple Forest for a quick escape and a chance to admire the lovely blossoms, the fresh green buds and leaves that are just starting to appear on the branches, and the different animals. The Insectarium is presenting Butterflies Go Free until April 29 in the Botanical Garden greenhouses, where temperatures can soar to29°C. So what are you waiting for? Come on out and get a head start on spring!
Change of season
Spring comes earlier than normal to the Laurentian Maple Forest ecosystem. Thanks to a lighting system that controls the photoperiod, the trees have resumed their photosynthesis and their buds are gradually opening. Lots of spring flowers, including trilliums, have already appeared. The warmer temperatures and increasing light also affect the animals – some of them have started their mating behaviour. It's a great time to see the chickadees, catbird, northern flicker, wood duck, fisher and lots of other birds.
Butterflies, sweet treats and blooms
The Insectarium is presenting hundreds of butterflies from around the globe at the Botanical Garden. Don't miss the all-new Morpho Waterfall, where you can observe these splendid blue specimens. There are lots of other brightly coloured butterflies flitting about too – look carefully, for it's sometimes hard to spot them in amongst the flowers! In the muted atmosphere of the Fern Greenhouse, look for several species of moths and other butterflies that are active at dusk. Check out the world's largest moth, Attacus Atlas, the cobra moth – you'll recognize it by its enormous size and the scaleless “windows” on its wings. You can enjoy the first spring blooms at the Botanical Garden, with the witch-hazels outdoors in the Courtyard of the Senses, right near the restaurant. Finally, on weekends from March 17 to April 1, sample some sweet treats ($) and learn all about maple secrets, with Sugaring-off Time at the Tree House.
NEW Admission is free for children under 4.
And check out our new family rate!
Montréal Space for Life
The Montréal Space for Life, which brings together the Biodôme, Botanical Garden, Insectarium and Planetarium, is launching a daring, creative urban movement, urging everyone to rethink the bonds between humankind and nature. The Space for Life is also a place where people come together to create and to cultivate a new way of living, shaped by Montrealers and people from around the world.