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Monarchs and Milkweed
May 18, 2018 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pmFree
“Monarchs and Milkweed” with speaker Tannar Cliffe will be featured at the Delaware Otsego Audubon Society’s public program on May 18, 2018, 7:30 PM at the Elm Park Methodist Church, 401 Chestnut St. in Oneonta. Tannar raised and released 177 Monarch butterflies in 2017 through Monarch Watch, a program managed by the University of Kansas in an attempt to document the fall flight routes of Monarchs born in the Northeast US and Southern Canada. Tagged Monarchs recovered during their five month resting period in Mexico reveal information about migration. This citizen effort will hopefully reveal where critical milkweed populations need to be conserved or enhanced. Interested attendees will receive milkweed seeds to take home.
The program is free and refreshments will be offered.
For those of you who are unfamiliar with this process it is managed by the University of Kansas and an organization called Monarch Watch. The purpose is to attempt to document the fall flight routes of Monarchs born in the northeast of the US and southern Canada. The Mexican government pays a small group of people to recover any tagged butterflies during their five month resting period in Mexico. Although this is by no means an exact science these finds and any that occur along the way will provide some indication of movement. The hope is this citizen endeavor will provide an indication of where the critical Milkweed population needs to be sustained or enhanced. The small tag on the hind wing contains contact information and in no way inhibits the flight of the butterfly. Here are a couple of photos of beautiful number 000 after his release. The first one shows him immediately extending his proboscis the moment he came in contact with a flower for the first time.