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Monarch Butterfly Tagging

Idea Garden
Thursday, September 10
1pm – 2pm

No charge with paid parking

What is Monarch tagging? It’s the process of netting a butterfly, (or raising one from a caterpillar/chrysalis stage), recording the sex of the butterfly, whether it was raised or wild and documenting the number of the sticker that will be affixed to its wing. These documentation sheets are to be sent on to MonarchWatch.org to assist with their study of monarchs and their migration.

Learn all about Monarchs, their migration, and the tagging process from our instructor, Pat Miller. We will distribute butterfly nets to families that pre-register for this class — everyone will get an opportunity as we will take turns with the loaner nets. You are also welcome to bring your own net to the session too! If someone in the group does net a Monarch butterfly they will be instructed on how to apply the sticker (we will supply stickers) to the butterfly’s wing and then release the butterfly back to the wild!

You can order your own set of stickers as well as other butterfly-related items from the shop at MonarchWatch.org. Once you try it, you’ll be hooked!

Learn more about why and when to tag Monarch butterflies at MonarchWatch.org.