Thursday, August 14, 2014

Tagged Monarchs

What we now know about the annual migration of the Monarch Butterfly is made possible, in large part, by the tagging of adult Monarchs and recovery of those tagged adults. Peak Monarch migration at our latitude is early September but I have tagged the adults released this week and used it as an educational experience for visiting kids and adults.
Yesterday morning I released and tagged a male Monarch and today while at the Nature Center wetlands at Fox Island I photographed what I thought was the butterfly I had released a couple hours before but was actually the butterfly released on the previous day.
This young visitor released our second tagged Monarch this morning.