The biggest monarch migration in a decade is headed our way and monarchs will be here in great numbers within the week. At the event on Saturday, we will give a monarch chrysalis to every interested child who attends the event. My students aren’t too discerning. So, if you show up, you might be able to get one yourself. The tagging event (22 September) is a big draw as well with over 600 attending last year.
MONARCH WATCH FALL OPEN HOUSE
Saturday, 15 September 2018
9:00am to 2:00pm
Foley Hall, KU West Campus, Lawrence, Kansas
Join us at our Fall Open House at Foley Hall (KU West Campus) to celebrate the arrival of migrating monarchs coming from the north. This free event is designed to please children and adults alike.
At the Open House you can learn about creating Monarch Waystations and see the magnificent butterfly and pollinator garden created and maintained by the Douglas County Master Gardeners. Weather permitting, you will see an abundance of butterflies and numerous other small but important pollinators. On a good day over 20 species of butterflies visit the garden. The Biohouse, adjacent to the garden, will be filled with wildlife. The Biohouse and garden contain numerous butterfly flowers. Bring your cameras; it is well worth a visit.
As usual, we will provide refreshments, lots of show & tell (including a honey bee observation hive and some "Oh, my!" insects you may have never seen before), tours of our gardens and lab space, hands-on activities, games, videos, monarch tagging demonstrations, and, of course, monarch caterpillars, pupae, and butterflies!
We'd love to see you on Saturday so mark your calendars! If you can't make it in person, be sure to check us out online - we plan to post photos and broadcast some LIVE video throughout the day.
Complete details at https://monarchwatch.org/openhouse/
MONARCH WATCH TAGGING EVENT
Saturday, 22 September 2018
Once again, Monarch Watch, the Jayhawk Audubon Society, and the Baker Wetlands Discovery Center are sponsoring Monarch butterfly tagging for the public. There is no charge to participants and no experience is necessary - so bring yourself, your kids (all ages), your friends, and your neighbors! If you have a net, bring that too, though Monarch Watch and JAS will provide the tags, nets, and instructions in how to net and tag monarchs. The monarchs are usually roosting or clustering (sometimes in spectacular concentrations!) until around 8:30AM. As it warms up, they begin foraging on the flowers.
IMPORTANT: This year's tagging event will again be held at the Baker Wetlands Discovery Center - 1365 N. 1250 Rd. Lawrence, KS 66046. There are lots of Sunflowers and Bidens so the area should be full of monarchs.
Please see the map and directions at https://monarchwatch.org/tag-event/