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Mindful for Monarchs
September 23 @ 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Join us at the sanctuary for a day full of activities as we explore, examine and discover all about monarchs and insects!
The sanctuary’s mature fields and meadows, full with milkweed, create the perfect environment to study insects-especially Super Butterflies. September’s Sunday at the Sanctuary will explore how you can support the monarch migration, identify the various butterfly and insect species in our community and provide an opportunity to participate in Monarch tagging, led by Monarch Watch.org. We hope you will join us for Mindful for Monarchs.
Sandy Hook local Monarch conservationist, Sandy Schill, will be giving monarch tagging demonstrations and talks. She has raised approximately 200 monarch caterpillars in her home to help with local conservation efforts for Monarch Watch citizen science and increase viability rates among them. Mother Nature permitting, she will also be tagging our New England “Super” Monarchs before their long migration to Mexico. Last year, one of our Sanctuary tags was reported to Monarch Watch as far south as Florida!
Entomologist, Dr Rayda Krell from WestConn will be IDing and educating everyone at the insect station in the meadow. She will be bringing live specimens from their lab AND… she’s going to do Maggot Painting!!!!
Catch and ID insects in the meadow with sweep and aerial nets. For an up close look at your catch, head over to our Magnification Station where our digital microscope will display your discovery on our large iPad screen. Like what you see, well you can record and download your find to share with iNaturalist or your friends!
Participate in our iNaturalist demonstration and citizen science conservation project.
“What the Muck” – explore many of the insects who perform incomplete metamorphosis and start their lives underwater, such as dragonflies, damselflies, and many others.
Butterly arts and crafts for those that want to create their own butterfly to bring home.
BYOD (bring your own device) Butterfly Scavenger hunt – with the use of your mobile phone or iPad participate in our butterfly scavenger hunt.
All children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.