Join us for Monarch Tagging Up on the Hill!
Sunday, September 17* | 3 – 5 PM
September 3 –15 is PEAK Monarch Butterfly Migration Week for our area. Adults are riding the southerly winds during the day and feeding in the late afternoon. They roost in trees nearby overnight and are off again the next morning.
Scientists who study monarch migration use information gathered from observations recorded online and tagging programs to learn more about this amazing natural phenomenon.
Everyone is invited to help Sullivan County Conservation District’s (SCCD) Education and Outreach Specialist, Dawn Dextraze, and Upper Valley Land Trust’s, Volunteer Coordinator, Cassie Bernyk, collect more information through monarch tagging.
There is no charge to participants and no experience is necessary – so bring yourself, your kids (all ages), your friends, and your neighbors! If you have an aerial net, bring that too, though SCCD will provide the tags, nets, and instructions on how to net and tag monarchs. The monarchs will most likely be foraging for nectar among the flowers in the field and fueling up for the next day’s flight, so it’s a good idea to wear long pants, sneakers and a hat. Bring plenty of water too!
No Registration Required
Directions: Route 12 in Charlestown to Morningside Lane or Chestnut Flats Rd and right onto Morningside Lane, left onto Richardson Rd. A dirt road. Look for signs for the event. Parking area at top of hill. You will see a kiosk. Continue walking down the road to the barn. Tagging will happen in the fields near the pond. Look for a tent.
*Cancelled if raining.