Monday, September 13, 2010

Playing Tag with Royalty (monarchs)

Right now in northern Illinois the monarch butterflies are at their peak on their journey southward towards Mexico to overwinter.

This year, the Insect World class is participating in the Monarch Watch program of tagging and releasing these travelers in hopes of gathering data about their epic migration.

This weekend out the forest preserve
we had quite some luck, seeing a greater density of monarchs than I'd personally seen in the past five years.

We caught and tagged many - sticking the tracking numbers to the underside of their bright orange/black hindwings and letting them go.

We look forward to more in the coming two weeks....


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