Monarch tagging day scheduled 2012.08.29

Written by David Green.

Look for monarchs and more Sept. 9 when the Fulton Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) sponsors a field day at the Ed and Carol Nofziger property on State Route 2 northwest of Pettisville.

The public is invited to the free, family-oriented event scheduled from 1 to 3 p.m. Road signs will show the parking area.

• Pat Hayes of Kelleys Island will lead a monarch butterfly tagging session. Hayes will give an overview of the monarch life cycle, habitat and journey to the south. Everyone can participate in tagging monarchs.

• The wetland on the property will serve as the site of a macro-invertebrate program presented by Anne and Steve Griffis of Quarry Farm Nature Preserve near Pandora. Guests will learn about aquatic insects and water quality.

• A conservation wagon ride will point out various practices and programs the Nofzigers are using on their property as they work with the Fulton SWCD and the Farm Service Agency.

• Cheryl Rice of the Natural Resource Conservation Services will talk about composting and rain gardens. Guests will learn how to use rain gardens as pollinator, butterfly and bird attractors. Information will be given about what native plants like rain gardens and the best locations for them. Also, a compost tumbler will be demonstrated to show guests how to recycle organic materials to build soil.

• Diane Myers of the Black Swamp Raptor Rehab Program in Pandora will introduce guests to several raptors that are not able to be released back into the wild. The birds are now used to educate people on their habitat and role in the ecosystem.

• Representatives from Pheasants Forever and the Division of Wildlife and Forestry will teach guests about a variety of warm season grasses, bluebird migration and forestry.

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