Monarch Tagging in Des Moines

Monarch Tagging in Des Moines

Des Moines Monarch Tagging 2020

Early fall is the time of year to tag monarchs. There are several programs and events happening in the Des Moines area so you and your family can learn why people tag monarchs, how to do it and actually do it yourself. Take a look at this list of monarch tagging in Des Moines.

NOTE: We will continue to update this post as more monarch tagging events are announced.

Monarch Tagging

For 2020 tagging programs Des Moines Parks & Recreation are going to program in small groups by reservation to help encourage Social Distancing. Register your “group” or “pod”  of people that are going to work closely together. Each group will social distance from the other groups during the programs.  If you have questions, please contact Joel at jmvanroekel@dmgov.org

Full schedule:

September 3 Union Park10:30 am
 September 9 Drake Park10:30 am 
 September 11Pete Crivaro Park 1:30 PM 
 September 15Franklin C community Gardens 1:30 PM 
 September 16Gray’s Lake 10:30 am 
 September 17 Greenwood Park1:30 am 

Polk County Conservation

Come learn about one of the world’s most talked-about butterflies and what makes them so unique! We will also try our hand at catching and tagging monarchs as they migrate to their winter home in Mexico. Be prepared to move around and have some fun!

Saturday, September 13 at 1 p.m. at Jester Park Nature Center

DEADLINE: Register by Friday, September 11
COST: Free
AGES: All ages welcome

Warren County Conservation

Sunday, September 13 at 1 p.m. at Annet Nature Center

Saturday, September 19 at 1 p.m. at Buxton Park

Come discover more about monarch butterflies, their life cycle, and miraculous migration to Mexico. A Warren County Conservation Naturalist will teach you how to catch and handle a monarch, determine gender, and properly tag them in the wild as part of a national research project. All monarchs will be released after they are tagged. Bring a butterfly net if you have one, or share a park net if you don’t. Fun for the whole family!
Registration is required at www.warrenccb.org/events and space is limited. ***Please read the website regarding the Covid-19 guidelines. ***Please register at warrenccb.org

**All of these events are also listed on our extensive Des Moines Parent event calendar.

Erin Huiatt

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