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Monarch Tagging at Goose Pond Sanctuary - 9/16/17, Morning

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Join us at Goose Pond Sanctuary to help with conservation efforts to track populations of monarch butterflies.

Madison Audubon works with monarchwatch.org to capture and tag butterflies at our Goose Pond Sanctuary for monitoring efforts throughout their migration route. You can help with this important citizen science effort! Last year, volunteers helped tag over 800 monarchs at Goose Pond Sanctuary.

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- Registration IS REQUIRED and gets you access to one session of activities, including information about monarch life history, monarch pursuit and tagging, information on how to track your monarchs, and ideas for how to support monarchs at home.

- There are multiple sessions for monarch tagging. Please be sure to attend the one you register for.

- Children are welcome to come with an adult - we love having kids participate!

- Please limit your ticket purchase to 6, to allow others to get in on the fun as well.

- We cannot accommodate rain dates or refunds. If the weather is poor (raining, cold, windy), we will still meet at the site and do monarch-related indoor activities!

- Note that this event is for Madison Audubon members only at this time. Interested in joining the flock? Click here!

MORE ABOUT MONARCH DECLINES:

According to the US Fish and Wildlife Service, the recognizable orange-and-black butterfly species is in trouble. "Threats, including loss of milkweed habitat needed to lay their eggs and for their caterpillars to eat, are having a devastating impact on their populations and the migration phenomenon. Unless we act now to help the Monarch, this amazing animal could disappear in our lifetime. The state of Monarchs reflects the health of the American landscape and its pollinators. Monarch declines are symptomatic of environmental problems that also pose risks to food production, the spectacular natural places that help define our national identity, and our own health. Conserving and connecting habitat for monarchs will benefit many other plants and animals, including critical insect and avian pollinators, and future generations of Americans."

A July 28 butterfly count at Goose Pond found 344 monarchs mating and laying eggs for the generation of adults that volunteers will tag during this event. The foundation has been laid for a great event!

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