Monarch butterfly tagging program planned 9.4

Written by David Green.

Tagging monarch butterflies has been a passion for Pat Hayes of Kelleys Island for 26 years. Hayes will bring his expertise to Fulton County Sunday for a demonstration near Pettisville.

Hayes will discuss monarch habitat and the journey southward. He will give a tagging demonstration that everyone can participate in.

The monarch butterfly travels to central Mexico every fall and winters in the Sierra Madres mountain range.  Monarch research such as Hayes’s provides valuable information to help conserve the species and educate people about America’s favorite butterfly.

The program is scheduled from 1 to 3: p.m. at the Ed and Carol Nofziger residence, located near Pettisville, just west of County Road 19 on State Route 2. Look for the sign on the north side of the road.

The Nofzigers have installed various conservation practices on their land through the Fulton Soil & Water Conservation District and the Farm Service Agency. These practices greatly contribute to the monarchs’ habitat. A wagon ride around the property will highlight various practices and programs they have applied that are available to landowners.

 

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