Monarch butterflies are perhaps the most recognizable butterflies to take wing in Vermont, but in recent years, there have been fewer than ever before. The prolonged drought in the southwest, harsh storms on the Monarchs’ wintering grounds, and overall loss of habitat are all thought to be factors contributing to the Monarchs’ decline. Fortunately, 2012 has fared better for Monarchs, and numbers are thought to be their highest in more than five years.
Join NBNC every Wednesday afternoon through the end of September as we catch Monarch butterflies and tag them, in an effort to track their migration route. If we are lucky, a Monarch we tag here at NBNC will be found in the mountains of central Mexico, thousands of miles away. Each butterfly we tag, if recovered, will offer an opportunity to learn more about how Monarchs migrate and which paths they take on their journey. A better understanding of how they migrate will allow us to better conserve these iconic butterflies for future generations.