Son of Monarchs

Real Art Ways Hartford, CT


Jay Kaplan

Director, Roaring Brook Nature Center

Son of Monarchs (Hijo de Monarcas)— On a wing and a prayer

Jay Kaplan, Director of the Roaring Brook Nature Center, discusses the the migratory patterns of butterflies and how those patterns have been impacted by climate change.

Presented as part of the 2022 National Evening of Science on Screen.

Real Art Ways Hartford, CT

Film Synopsis

A Mexican biologist's return from New York to his hometown near butterfly forests of Michoacán sparks a personal metamorphosis.

After his grandmother’s death, a Mexican biologist living in New York returns to his hometown, nestled in the majestic monarch butterfly forests of Michoacán. The journey forces him to confront past traumas and reflect on his hybrid identity, sparking a personal and spiritual metamorphosis.

About the Speaker

Jay Kaplan has been director of Roaring Brook Nature Center since 1975, and became director of the Wildlife Sanctuary at The New Children’s in 2012. Over a forty-year period, he has presided over the wide range of changes in both facilities including exhibit renovations, expansion of the wildlife rehabilitation and wildlife care programs and increases in educational offerings. A graduate of Cornell University (BS 1971) and The Pennsylvania State University (MS 1974), Kaplan is a past president of the Hartford Audubon Society and the Connecticut Ornithological Association and remains active with both groups serving as Chair of the COA’s Avian Records of Connecticut Committee (ARCC). He currently serves as co-president of the Canton Land Conservation trust and is a member of the Town of Canton’s Conservation Commission.