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Marvelous Monarchs

Categorized as: Animal Encounters
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Although it lacks the ferocity of the Great Horned Owl, the renown of the Bald Eagle or the speed of the Peregrine Falcon, the monarch butterfly still captivates and beguiles us with its beauty and mystery.

Learn about the biology of this fascinating animal, starting with its emergence from an egg no larger than a sesame seed, through its manic eating and growing larval stage, into the black box of the chrysalis, and finally, how the adult butterfly traverses as much as 1500 miles to reach their overwintering grounds in Mexico. Discover how, through the help of volunteer citizen scientists, we are revealing some of the mysteries of this spectacular multi-generational migration through the application of adhesive tags used in tracking monarch movements.

Join us at Shaver’s Creek Environmental Center on either September 5th or 19th for an informative and engaging presentation about the life history and conservation of this enchanting creature, followed by a tagging demonstration and release of a monarch butterfly. Pre-registration is appreciated by calling 814-863-2000.

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