The Chaplin Nature Center invites the public to come catch and tag monarch butterflies from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28.
Each fall, millions of monarchs make an annual migration from the U.S to their wintering ground in the mountains of Mexico. Current estimates of this year’s population are favorable, according to Monarch Watch, and it could be a good migration.
Before heading out on the trails, participants will be given instructions on the proper methods of tagging and data recording. This tagging program is part of Monarch Watch’s efforts to educate the public and monitor the monarch population.
While monarch tagging will occur throughout the day, participants can also choose to take a guided nature hike. Wichita Audubon Society members will lead nature hikes down the Arkansas River at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. In additional to hikes, live reptiles will be on-hand and a rare bird egg collection from the early 1900s will be on display.
For those planning on being at the Center around noon, lunch will be available for a fee per person.
The Chaplin Nature Center is three miles west of Arkansas City off Highway 166. The Center is a private, nonprofit organization dedicated to increasing appreciation and understanding of the natural world. For more information, call the center at (620) 442-4133.