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Long Point Basin Land Trust
Migration Monitoring Not Just For The Birds
Budding naturalists releasing a Monarch
lead in photo: A newly tagged Monarch
Photos by: Bruce Bolin

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 at risk.

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.


Last Updated: Tuesday, 13 September 2016 14:12:35 PM EST

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