Would you like to contribute to the conservation of the Monarch butterfly? On Saturday, March 15 Quivira National Wildlife Refuge and the Friends of Quivira will welcome visitors for the annual Monarch Mania event. The event happens from 9 a.m. to noon at the Environmental Education Classroom (EEC), which is located in the center of […]

Would you like to contribute to the conservation of the Monarch butterfly?
On Saturday, March 15 Quivira National Wildlife Refuge and the Friends of Quivira will welcome visitors for the annual Monarch Mania event.
The event happens from 9 a.m. to noon at the Environmental Education Classroom (EEC), which is located in the center of the refuge less than a mile south of NE 140th St. or, coming from the south, approximately seven miles north of NE 70th St. on NE 140th Ave.
Monarch Mania should offer something to interest every member of the family. Participants will first be instructed on how to catch Monarch butterflies using insect nets, which are provided by the refuge. Then, everyone will fan out from the EEC in search of the species. Any Monarchs caught by participants will then be tagged by refuge staff and trained volunteers, before being released.
Besides the Monarch catching and tagging, the day will also feature crafts, face-painting, and an outdoor Butterfly Pavilion with live butterflies. Refreshments will be served as well.
The purpose of the Monarch tagging is to track this species as it migrates through the US Central Flyway into Mexico. Currently, the US Fish and Wildlife Service, along with other agencies and nonprofit organizations, are coordinating efforts to increase habitat for the Monarch. The primary goal of these efforts is to prevent a further decline in the Monarch population due to loss of habitat, as well as nectar and food plants, in recent decades.
Monarch Mania provides visitors a hands-on opportunity to play a small but important role in the conservation of the species.
Anyone interested in knowing more about this and other events at Quivira should call refuge headquarters at 620-486-2393.