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Monarch Butterfly Tagging

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Visit the East Side Library to learn about monarch butterflies and butterfly tagging with Des Moines Parks and Rec! Joel Van Roekel will share information about monarchs, view how butterflies are tagged and watch as they are released.

Monarch tagging is a conservation practice Des Moines Parks and Recreation is taking to help the monarch butterfly. The tagging programs are part of a larger citizen science project that has been going on since 1992 to better understand the dynamics of the monarch’s spectacular fall migration! Each year more than a quarter of a million tags are used by volunteers across North America who tag monarchs as they migrate through their area on their way to Mexico. All ages are welcome to participate is some hands-on monarch tagging! 


Accompanying Adults

This program is designed for children and accompanying adults. Please plan to attend and be engaged with your child for this program. Drop offs will not be permitted.

Outdoor Program

This program is hosted outdoors.  

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