Monarch Butterfly Tagging Program Offered at the Ridges Sanctuary

The Ridges Sanctuary is holding a program on monarch butterfly tagging on Friday, August 28 and Saturday, August 29. The program will take place on both days from 10 – 11:30 am at the Ridges Marshall Cabin, located at 8288 Highway Q in Baileys Harbor. The program is designed for all ages, with children under 10 needing to be accompanied by an adult.

The monarch butterfly is one of only a few insects that migrate to a warmer climate for the winter. Their unique wing structure and yearly life cycle makes it possible to travel thousands of miles to wintering areas in Mexico and southern California.

During this hands-on program, participants will learn many details about this fascinating butterfly. Participants will look at the different stages in the monarch’s life cycle and learn how to raise them from egg to adult. Attendees will also discuss the amazing migration of monarchs from Wisconsin to their wintering areas in Mexico, and their multi-generational return in the spring. The program will finish with participants capturing and tagging as many butterflies as possible, in order to track them on their migration routes.

The cost of the program is $5 for adults, with no charge for children under 18. Advance registration is requested by calling 920.839.2802.