Reports of monarchs roosting overnight by the hundreds are currently coming in from many areas of the state. The annual fall monarch migration is ON! A recent trip to Appalachia Ohio Alliance’s Marsha Gunder Schneider Preserve brings a welcome sight to nature lovers of all ages – monarchs by the dozens passing through on their way to their ultimate destination – Mexico.
Join us for a citizen scientist event being held to track their progress on September 22nd at the 280-acre MG Schneider Preserve in Pickaway County. This Preserve is part of AOA’s Scioto River Flyway Corridor Initiative which includes the establishment of habitat for pollinators and migratory butterflies. Chris Kline, co-owner of Butterfly Ridge in Hocking County, will lead us in a monarch tagging event to help monitor their progress to Mexico.
Wahkeena SNP naturalist and artist Nora Steele has created a beautiful, informative and easy-to-read brochure that illustrates the life cycle of monarchs for this event. A limited supply of popular children’s books about butterflies will be handed out during the morning’s activities. You can read more about the importance of this citizen science project at https://monarchwatch.org/tagging/.
Part of AOA’s mission is dedicated to inspiring a love of nature in future generations. We’ll give participants a milkweed or another variety of nectar plant for your yard in support of the monarchs for next year’s group of butterflies. Plants have been donated by the always generous Gale Martin of Natives in Harmony nursery.
The tagging program will start promptly at 10:00 a.m. and will last until 12:00. Please arrive early. Feel free to stay and explore the preserve site further following the tagging activities. This event is free and open to the public. Dress appropriately for walking in woods and fields. Footwear suitable for crossing a shallow stream is recommended.
NOTE: This event could be postponed or cancelled for inclement weather. Please watch AOA’s FaceBook page for any weather-related event information.
Time: Please arrive no later than 9:30 – 9:45. The event will begin promptly at 10:00 a.m.
What to Bring: Drinks of your choice, snacks, lunch for those wanting to stay and picnic afterwards. Insect repellant is recommended. Hats and/or sunscreen are advisable.
Location: Marsha G. Schneider Preserve is located at 27721 River Drive, near the Pickaway County Memorial Airport. Look for an AOA sign at the driveway entrance. Turn south into the driveway and travel through the farm fields. Take your first right and head for the small metal barn at the woods edge.