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Monarch Madness captivates Long Point Basin Land Trust, again
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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 kristyn@longpointlandtrust.ca

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.


Last Updated: Tuesday, 24 September 2019 15:54:51 PM EST

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