Monarch Watch

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Tuesday, October 1, 2019 - 6:30pm to Monday, October 7, 2019 - 9:00am
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Hackberry Flat Center
22468 County Road EW189
Frederick
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The annual Monarch Watch event at Hackberry Flat WMA and Center starts Tuesday, October 1 and concludes on Monday, October 7th. The Monarch Watch Event is a participant in the Monarch Watch Tagging Program, a large-scale citizen science project that was initiated to help understand the dynamics of the monarch's spectacular fall migration through mark and recapture. Last October, with the help of over 50 visitors and 70 school children, 500 monarchs roosting in the WMA were tagged. The online Monarch Watch Tagging database showed that 5 of the Hackberry Flat tags were recovered on two different overwintering areas in Mexico. This October, the general public will have 4 opportunities to help tag monarchs captured on the WMA during the mornings of October 2nd, 5th, 6th, & 7th starting promptly at 9 am at the Hackberry Flat Center. On the evenings of October 1st, 4th, 5th, and 6th activities include a tour to the Monarch Roost area to watch the butterflies glide in and settle into their night roost. Tours begin promptly at 6:30 pm. Children must be at least 8 years old to participate in the evening activities. Please, no pets. There is no fee and reservations are not required but please check on the daily status of the monarch migration and view a map to the Hackberry Flat Center on the Friends of Hackberry Flat Facebook page before attending activity. For more information, contact melynda.hickman@odwc.ok.gov.

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