St. Williams, ON (September 23, 2019) – On a hot and steamy Saturday September 21st,
Long Point Basin Land Trust (LPBLT) held their fourth annual Monarch tagging event
at the Shirley and George Pond Nature Reserve, near St. Williams, Ontario. The 78-acre
nature reserve was a retired orchard that was acquired in 2011 by LPBLT and restored
to natural habitats including grassland, Carolinian forest and a cold water stream
that flows into the Turkey Point Marsh.
Kathryn Boothby, local naturalist and butterfly enthusiast, lead two workshops where
participants learned about the lifecycle of the Monarch and why tagging the butterflies
is an important tool to the conservation of this species at risk. Monarchs cannot
survive the cold winter temperatures of Canada so they migrate south to the oyamel
fir trees of Mexico. Each spring, locals collect butterflies that have died and
fallen to the forest floor; any with a tag provides an income source and encourages
conservation of this important wintering habitat.
Throughout the event hosted by LPBLT, 12 Monarchs were carefully caught and tagged
as part of Monarch Watch, a nonprofit education, conservation, and research program
based at the University of Kansas that focuses on the monarch butterfly, its habitat,
and its spectacular fall migration. We will eagerly await news that any of the butterflies
made the roughly 4,000 km journey to Mexico.
Monarch Tagging is part of an outdoor event series organized by Long Point Basin
Land Trust. For more information, please contact Kristyn Richardson, Projects Manager
at (519) 586-8309 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Long Point Basin Land Trust was founded in 1996 with a mission to protect and restore
functioning ecosystems in the central Carolinian Region. This is accomplished through
land ownership, land management and nature stewardship. LPBLT currently protects
10 nature reserves, totalling 671 acres, which provide opportunities for people
to connect with nature through hands-on outdoor experiences.