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Monarch Butterfly Tagging

Every year witnesses the incredible journey of four to six generations of monarch butterflies. Commencing in August, monarchs embark on a remarkable migration spanning up to 5000 km. The flight path takes them over the vast landscapes of Canada and the United States until they reach their final destination in Mexico, where they settle for hibernation.

An interesting aspect of this migration involves the practice of affixing a sticker delicately onto one of the butterfly’s wings when they are released. This sticker serves as a unique identifier. If the butterfly is sighted in any of the three countries—Canada, the United States, or Mexico—reports are generated and the information is diligently updated in a comprehensive database.

Just picture the awe-inspiring scenario: releasing a monarch butterfly in Canada, only to discover, about two months later, that it has successfully traveled the immense distance to Mexico. The interconnectedness of these distant locations through the migration of these delicate creatures showcases the marvels of nature and the intricate patterns of life.

4 Responses

  1. Hey, I would like to inquire about tagging this year! I’m in Ontario, Canada.
    Thank you so much!

  2. I’m interested in volunteering for the tagging program I am maybe too late but could get a week or two in I live near Rosetta Maclean Park I’m in the beach in Toronto

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