Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Monarch Butterflies Captured, Tagged in First of Four Conservation Events

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Monarch Butterflies Captured, Tagged in First of Four Conservation Events

Article excerpt

Jimmy Barngrover brought his sons to the first of four monarch butterfly tagging events Monday night at the Kansas Museum of History.

"We're interested in conservation and nature," he said.

Agustus Barngrover, 10, said the evening was full of action and really fun.

The citizen science tagging project, part of Operation Monarch Watch, will collect data so that butterflies can be tracked and their migration path protected. Monarchs are headed south to central Mexico for the winter.

Monarch butterfly populations have decreased at alarming rates -- 90 percent have been lost in the past 15 years, said Rachael Rost, an education specialist with the Topeka Zoo.

A small sticker was placed on the wing of each butterfly captured Monday. The sticker contains a unique number for each butterfly and information on reporting where they are observed, said Dennis Dinwiddie, curator of education and conservation at the zoo.

Melicia Hernandez, 9, and her two brothers caught a monarch. …

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.