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Monarch Tagging at Prairie Resource Center (Brushy Creek)

Posted August 02, 2013 in Community Web Exclusives

UntitledMonarch butterfly migration is one of nature’s most spectacular events.  In the fall Monarch butterflies feast on late flowering plants before the long trek to the Mexico wintering area.  Iowa is a key area for Monarch butterflies because it is a Monarch producing state as well as a migration route for many Monarchs.  By the end of August the last generation of Monarch butterflies has emerged from their chrysalises and the migration is ready to begin.

The public is invited to come and participate in tagging of Monarch butterflies Saturday August 24th at the Prairie Resource Center at Brushy Creek.  The day will begin at 1:00 PM with a short presentation on butterflies of Iowa by Iowa DNR Wildlife Diversity Biologist Stephanie Shepherd.  This will be followed by capture and tagging of Monarchs.  There will also be an opportunity to capture other species of butterflies for identification, show the group, and release back to the air.  We will have some butterfly nets available, but you may bring your own.

For more information please contact Bill Johnson at 515-543-8319 or William.johnson@dnr.iowa.gov .

Directions to the Prairie Resource Center.  From Highway 20 turn south on County blacktop P-73(Union Ave.) and proceed south 4 miles, turn east onto Lake view Drive (west entrance to Brushy Creek), follow Lake View Drive past the campgrounds, beach, and across the dam.  The road will make one final bend southward and the Prairie Resource Center is the second set of buildings on the east side of the road.  The address is 2820 Brushy Creek Road.





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