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Prairie City News

Monarch Madness Saturday at refuge

It is that time of year again, when the monarch butterflies are heading south for the winter. 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. 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 one of our nets or bring along your own. No prior experience is necessary but, space is limited, so register soon.

To register contact the Refuge at 515-994-3400 or nancy_corona@fws.gov.

Below is the schedule of events for Monarch Madness:

• 9 a.m. — Check In for Registered Volunteers

• 9:15 a.m. — ntroduction and Monarch Talk

• 9:30 a.m. — Break into groups to tag butterflies

• 11 a.m. — Find out how many butterflies were tagged

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