Butterfly Gardens of Saugeen Shores: Tagged Monarch discovered in Mexico

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There is lots of excitement happening as the Butterfly Gardens of Saugeen Shores  (BGOSS) learned that one of their tagged Monarchs was recovered in El Rosario, Mexico.

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“The Monarch was tagged at Captain Spence Path in Southampton on September 18th and was recovered in Mexico on February 27th,” explains Melitta Smole, executive member of BGOSS. “This means it travelled over 4,500 kilometers, which is a miracle when you think of the size of the butterfly and the fact that it has never been to Mexico before!”

Monarch tagging is one of the unique aspects of learning more about Monarchs: where they go, how long they live and it connects people from Canada, USA and Mexico together.

       Nancy White with a Monarch to be tagged

You too can learn more about Monarch butterflies by volunteering with Butterfly Gardens of Saugeen Shores.

Melitta says that, “We are looking for community members to assist us with planting and we have scheduled a training session for volunteers on Friday, June 17th at the Port Elgin library meeting room from 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm. Our planting begins the week of June 20.”

For more information on how to get involved with Butterfly Gardens of Saugeen Shores email them at: butterflygardensofss@gmail.com