Community members were invited to learn about and experience monarch butterflies, caterpillars and more Saturday during Monarch Watch’s Fall Open House.
Monarch Watch will hold its annual monarch tagging event on Saturday, Sept. 23. It’s free to participate and no experience is necessary, according to the organization’s website, monarchwatch.org.
Monarch tagging helps experts understand the dynamics of the monarch’s fall migration.
“Tagging helps answer questions about the origins of monarchs that reach Mexico, the timing and pace of the migration, mortality during the migration, and changes in geographic distribution,” according to the website. Read more about tagging at monarchwatch.org/tagging.
The event is set for 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 23 at the Baker Wetlands Discovery Center, 1365 North 1250 Road in Lawrence.
If you have a net, bring that, but Monarch Watch will provide tags, nets and instructions. Monarchs are usually “roosting or clustering (sometimes in spectacular concentrations!)” until around 8:30 a.m.; then, as it warms up, they begin foraging on the flowers, according to the website.
The tagging event will be at the wetlands discovery center, but Saturday’s open house invited people to “celebrate the arrival of migrating monarchs coming from the north” at Monarch Watch’s home of Foley Hall in the University of Kansas West Campus.
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Molly Adams (she/her), photographer for The Lawrence Times, is a Haskell alum with a passion for photojournalism. She strives to create authentic images that portray the true lives of Lawrence community members.