Monarch tagging demo
Put a quick video together to show you how to tag a Monarch butterfly.
What is the purpose of tagging a Monarch?
Every fall citizen scientist all over North America carefully catch monarchs, and place a tiny, paper stick ID tag on one wing. The tagged butterflies are released and continue their journeys. When a tag is recovered, valuable information about migration is revealed. this is how their migration is tracked.
When a tag is found, scientist can record how fast or how many miles a Monarch can travel, and which way they are traveling. Like a message in a bottle, a tagged monarch is sent off with wonder: Where will my monarch be in a few hours, days or weeks? Will my monarch make it to Mexico, and who might find it along the way? (Journey North Website, Tagged Monarchs, Tiny Tags, Big Discoveries)
Can I be a citizen scientist?
Yes! Anyone can be a citizen scientist through careful observation, recording and reporting findings. Scientists can’t do it alone! Your discoveries help paint the bigger picture about Monarchs and their migration.
To learn more, or order tags, go to monarchwatch.org.
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