The Ridges Sanctuary in Baileys Harbor hosted a Monarch Madness on Saturday. The event served as a way for the community to learn about the monarch butterfly life cycle and migrating habits. The event kicked off with a presentation on monarch butterflies and how their migration down to Mexico is the longest of any insect. Afterwards, the community was able to tag and release monarchs to track their migration south. Ridges Sanctuary Program Manager Katie Krause says the event was started as a way to educate the community on the importance of monarch tracking.
Krause adds having the community participate in tagging the butterflies is more important than the process itself as it educates while also allowing them to interact with the butterflies first hand.