FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 15, 2017
MONARCH BUTTERFLY TAGGING AND RELEASE
Did you know that a monarch travels up to 100 miles a day when migrating to Mexico for the winter? Join the Cherokee County Conservation Board Naturalist on Sunday, September 17th at 2:00pm in the Cherokee Middle School parking lot to learn a thing or two about monarch butterflies, then head out into a prairie reconstruction to catch and tag them!
Monarch butterflies are one of the few that migrate and one of the largest. Each September, monarchs make their way to wintering grounds in Mexico. As part of a citizen science project, educators help capture and tag these fragile insects in hopes that others will find them and report the tags to an organization called Monarch Watch. These tags help to answer many questions about the migration patterns and paths of monarchs.
There is a small window in September for tagging these, so join in the fun of this unique activity that handles butterflies for science. We’ll provide the nets, tags, and any necessary safety instructions.
For more information, contact Laura at the Cherokee County Conservation Board by calling 712-225-6709 or e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit us on Facebook!
Cherokee County Conservation Board
629 River Rd
Cherokee, IA 51012
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