FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:
BOB ROTATORI - 216-635-3263 - or -
ALYSSA COOK-ALEXANDER - 216-635-3274
Tagging a Monarch butterfly is a relatively simple process that
provides a lot of information. A long time ago, people wondered
where these majestic butterflies flitted off to each year.
Butterfly banding and recovery has given researchers the ability to
find out exactly where these insects disappear to in September.
Learn about the process and benefits of tagging Monarch
butterflies at Cleveland Metroparks �Monarch Magic� event on
Saturday, September 8 from noon to 4 p.m. at North Chagrin Nature
Center in Mayfield Village.
Visitors can also enjoy a variety of other activities at this
free event, including an area with live caterpillars and monarchs,
puppets shows, hikes and children's crafts and activities, in
addition to learning about monarch banding!
Event-goers can also enjoy three great movies: at 12:30 p.m. -
�Saving the Monarchs,� 1:30 p.m. �Magic School Bus:
Butterflies� and 2:45 p.m. - �On the Wings of Monarchs.�
Stop by and browse the great merchandise selections of
EarthWords Nature Shop, and enjoy a refreshment area, too.
Every year Monarchs migrate to the Highlands of Mexico during
the winter. In the spring, they return, fuelling themselves on
goldenrod and milkweed. The plants are not only important for fuel,
but also for breeding. Environmental factors like drought and too
much rain, affect the number of Monarchs. Mild winters much like
the one that just passed, means that Monarchs return earlier, but
the caterpillars do not do well in weather over 90 degrees.
Cleveland Metroparks North Chagrin Nature Center tracks Monarchs
of the area by putting a small tag on the underside of a
butterfly's hind wing. The tags contain a call number, so they can
be traced through a database. In a season with a good Monarch
population, as many as 500 butterflies can be tagged. The
information collected from banding helps researchers learn about
the migration paths of Monarch butterflies.
North Chagrin Nature Center is located off Buttermilk Falls
Parkway, off the Sunset Lane entrance of North Chagrin Reservation,
off SOM Center Road/Route 91 in Mayfield Village - south of the
I-90/Rte. 91 exit.
For more information, call 440-473-3370 or visit
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