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Monarch Butterfly Tagging

Each year, a generation of monarch butterflies make the long trip from the northern parts of their range (throughout North America) down to Mexico for the winter where they breed and lay eggs. This new generation then makes the return trip.

Saturday, we will be spending an hour catching monarch butterflies to tag and record them. The program through Monarch Watch ( helps us to learn more about their migration patterns and survival rates.

Come out and enjoy a fun day catching butterflies (and other insects). Bring a butterfly net if you have one, otherwise we will provide them. Remember to wear sneakers/boots and long pants. This is a great and fun event for children!

Rain date will be the following day, Sunday at 11.

We are asking for a donation of $6 per person to help with the cost of the butterfly nets and tagging materials.

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  • Susanna

    Caught a few monarchs!

    September 24, 2012

  • Linda D.

    Great introduction and tagging demonstration by the Cromwell Valley Park naturalist, Justine. Then we went outside to search in the field. This event was just the right balance of life history background and hands-on experience. Thanks for organizing and leading it. I will never see a Monarch Butterfly in the same way again.

    September 22, 2012

  • Elaine M Y.

    Lots of interesting information about butterfly migration and how milkweed and goldenrod both play a part. Great visuals and talk by Justine and live butterflies in all of its stages at the Nature center. Great time outdoors and saw two monarchs - but no actual catch. But exposed enough to everything so feel confident that I can catch a butterfly, handle it gently so that it is not damaged, and then release. A fun morning.

    September 22, 2012

  • Charlie D.

    There will be other activities in the Park. Call and I'll direct you to us[masked]-8733. I will be wearing an orange baseball cap.

    September 22, 2012

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