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September 3 - 15 is PEAK MIGRATION WEEK for our area. Adults are riding the southerly winds during the day and feeding in the late afternoon. They roost in trees nearby overnight and are off again the next morning. Scientists who study monarch migration use information gathered from observations recorded online and tagging programs to learn more about this amazing natural phenomenon. Everyone is invited to help us collect more information through monarch tagging.
There is no charge to participants and no experience is necessary - so bring yourself, your kids (all ages), your friends, and your neighbors! If you have a net, bring that too, though the Sullivan County Conservation District (SCCD) will provide the tags, nets, and instructions on how to net and tag monarchs. The monarchs will most likely be foraging for nectar among the flowers in the field and fueling up for the next day's flight, so it's a good idea to wear long pants, sneakers and a hat. Bring plenty of water too! There is a 10-15 minute walk to the tagging area.
In case of rain, this event will be cancelled.
Directions: Route 12 in Charlestown to Morningside Lane or Chestnut Flats Road and right onto Morningside Lane, left onto Richardson Road. This is a gravel/dirt road. Look for the signs for the event. Parking area at end. You will see a kiosk. Continue walking down the road to the barn. Tagging will happen in the fields near the pond. Look for a tent. If you are late getting there, keep walking on the trail in between the cornfields, through another forest to the pond (10-15 minute walk).
To register, visit UVLT's calendar or email Alison Marchione. Call Dawn Dextraze at 603.504.1004 with questions.