Visitors are invited to attend Monarch Mania, Saturday, Sept. 15, at Quivira National Wildlife Refuge, located northeast of Stafford. This free annual event runs from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Environmental Education Classroom. Activities include a short program about monarchs and their conservation, monarch catching and tagging, and crafts. A new feature, a Butterfly Pavilion with live butterflies, be available during the event.
The orange and black monarch, a native species of butterfly, is well known for its extensive annual migration. During tagging, participants will be issued insect nets to pursue and capture as many monarchs as possible. Staff will then tag each monarch. Each tag carries a unique number that can be tracked through a national database, should the monarch be re-captured elsewhere.
This is an exciting and rewarding family event. Refreshments will be served. Registration is not required. The Environmental Education Classroom is located in the center of Quivira at 1313A NE 140th Avenue, or 7 miles north of the Refuge Headquarters. For more information, contact the refuge at 620-486-2393.