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August 20, 2012

Monarch Madness slated for Sept. 8 at Neal Smith

Pella — It is that time of year again when the monarch butterflies are heading south for the winter.  On Saturday, September 8, from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge will be celebrating this incredible migration with a special event called Monarch Madness.  During this event, participants will help Refuge staff catch, tag, and release monarch butterflies. This event is free and open to the public of all ages.  No prior experience is necessary and butterfly nets will be provided. Space is limited, so register early!  To register, please contact the Refuge at (515) 994-3400 or

Monarch Madness is a fun and wonderful way to learn more about monarch butterflies and to help scientific research.  Some monarchs migrate from Canada all the way to Mexico to live out the winter before returning north for summer months. Researchers still have many unanswered questions about how monarchs complete this amazing feat. Tagging monarchs helps scientists answer these questions, track monarch migration, and learn more about their migration and habitat needs.

Below is the schedule of events for Monarch Madness:

9:30 Check In for Pre-registered Volunteers

10:00 Introduction and Monarch Talk

10:30 Break into groups to tag butterflies

11:30 Find out how many butterflies were tagged

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