Butterfly tagging allows community to become scientists

The eleventh annual Monarch Tagging at Crossroads at Big Creek was held Saturday. During the event members of the community heard a presentation from guest naturalist and monarch enthusiast Karen Newbern about the life cycle and migration of monarch butterflies down to Mexico. Afterward, Newbern showed how to properly tag a monarch before event-goers went and captured their own. Newbern says tagging butterflies is exciting because it allows everyday people to be involved in an international scientific study.


Since the event began, two monarch butterflies tagged at Crossroads have been recovered after making their migration south.

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