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Monarch Madness at Neal Smith NWR

It is that time of year again, when the monarch butterflies are heading south for the winter.

The Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge will be celebrating this incredible migration with a special event called Monarch Madness from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday. During this event, participants will help refuge staff catch, tag, and release monarch butterflies. This event is free and open to the public of all ages. You may borrow a net or bring your own. No prior experience is necessary but, space is limited. To register, contact the Refuge at 515-994-3400 or nancy_corona@fws.gov.

Monarch Madness is a fun and wonderful way to learn more about monarch butterflies and to help scientific research. Some monarchs migrate from Canada all the way to Mexico to live out the winter before returning north for the summer months. Researchers still have many unanswered questions about how monarchs complete this amazing feat.

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