Monarch Watch Butterfly Tag and Release
September 28, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Monarch butterflies migrate through Huntsville, Alabama, from September to mid-October every year on their incredible journey from Canada to Mexico, where they will roost over the winter months. These seemingly delicate creatures fly feverishly on their predetermined migration patterns, making quick stops at local way stations. The Huntsville Botanical Garden is a Monarch Watch-certified garden consisting of butterfly host and nectar specific plants necessary for migrating monarchs.
At this event, we’ll be tagging (putting a tiny sticker on) the dorsal wing of over 200 monarchs and then releasing them into the Garden. The data from these recaptures will then be used by researchers at the University of Kansas to determine the pathways taken by migrating monarchs, the influence of weather on the migration, and the survival rate of the butterflies.
Join us for a presentation about migrating monarch butterflies and the incredible experience of tagging and releasing a live butterfly!
Non-Members: $6.50 + Garden Admission
Children Under 3: FREE