On the beautiful morning of September 11, Long Point Basin Land Trust hosted a event
where people could see Monarch butterflies being outfit with tiny numbered "tags"
that are used to track their long migration route southwards to the Monarch wintering
grounds in the mountains of Mexico.
This event was held at the Shirley and George Pond Nature Reserve near Turkey Point,
one of six land trust properties being managed by LPBLT to conserve and protect
important wildlife habitat.
Kathryn Boothby, a knowledgeable local naturalist, led the group of 22 enthusiastic
attendees. Boothby explained about the lifecycle of Monarchs and demonstrated how
to safely catch and tag Monarchs. Only 14 Monarchs were tagged and released that
day. This once very common species is now much rarer in southern Ontario, with relatively
small numbers being observed this summer.
Boothby also identified many other butterfly species that were flitting about the
restored grassland, forest and wetland habitats on the property such as the Cloudy
Sulphur, Common Buckeye, Viceroy, Cabbage White, Summer Azure, Northern Crescent,
Black Swallowtail, and Red Admiral.
Monarch butterflies are starting their long migration south to their wintering grounds
in Mexico. To track these movements, Long Point Basin Land Trust is participating
in Monarch Watch’s citizen science program tagging monarch butterflies. Information
gathered from this tagging program aids in long term conservation of this species
With continued support from the Ontario Trillium Foundation, an agency of the Government
of Ontario, Long Point Basin Land Trust will be hosting similar Nature in the Neighbourhood
events at their other nature reserve properties throughout the summer.