Known for their stately colors and elegant wings, millions of monarch butterflies travel more than 2,000 miles from across North America to Mexico each fall, where they cluster in about a dozen small areas. Unfortunately, the monarch population has declined from 556 million in 2004 to a historic low of 33.5 million in 2014. This is due to the butterflies’ dramatic loss of habitat and food sources, including the milkweed plant.
As part of a national effort to stave off the decline of monarch butterflies, The North Carolina Arboretum will host its third annual Monarch Butterfly Day on September 23, 2017, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at The North Carolina Arboretum. Join the Arboretum in welcoming these regal flyers with a day full of monarch releases, crafts and fun in the outdoors.
Complete your Entomology Badge by attending meeting Entomology Science Mentor, Chris Goforth of the NC Museum of Natural Sciences! We'll learn about what sort of work and entomologist does to study insects and tag and release monarch butterflies to see them off on their journey to Mexico. For more details on receiving an invitation to this program click here.