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 Hintz Hollow 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 12th at AOA’s 220-acre Hintz Hollow Preserve in Fairfield County. This Preserve is part of AOA’s Hocking River Conservation Corridor Initiative which includes the establishment of habitat for pollinators and migratory butterflies. Hannah Kopp, a former intern at Butterfly Ridge Conservation Center in the Hocking Hills, will help us with this monarch tagging event to help monitor their progress to Mexico.
We’ll have nets on hand for participants to capture wild monarchs for tagging. A limited supply of popular children’s books about butterflies will be handed out during the afternoon’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. Gale will be at the event from 1:00-3:00 p.m. to sell native plants on site as well if you would like more! Even if you are not registering for the event, please feel free to stop by to purchase native plants.
We would like to thank Thrivent Financial for the community grant to purchase educational books and native Ohio plants to hand out to participants Sunday.
We would also like to extend a huge thank you to Christa Myers for helping to procure funds to undertake this event and to Andy Jones for her training in locating monarch eggs and raising monarchs in preparation for the event.
The tagging program will be held at two different times with a maximum number of 20 participants due to Covid-19 concerns. We will hold the first session from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. The second session will be held from 4 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Registration is required.
Session 1 link to pre-register:
Session 2 link to pre-register:
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 prairie fields.
NOTE: This event could be postponed or cancelled for inclement weather as butterflies cannot be released in pouring rain. Please watch AOA’s FaceBook page for any weather-related event information.
Time: We request attendees arrive no later than 12:30-12:45 p.m. for the first session. For the second session you would need to arrive between 3:30-3:45 p.m. The monarch captures and tagging instruction will begin promptly starting at 1:00 p.m. and 4 p.m.
What to Bring: Drinks of your choice, snacks, lunch for those wanting to picnic on-site. Insect repellant is recommended but only if you will not be handling butterflies. Hats and/or sunscreen are advisable. AOA continues to follow State of Ohio Covid guidelines and ask that any unvaccinated persons attending the event to please wear a mask and/or maintain physical distancing of at least 6 feet. Masks will be available along with hand sanitizer for after the event.
Location: Hintz Hollow Preserve is located just north and east of Sugar Grove, along Old Logan Road, just off Highway 33. The driveway is located on the east side of the road immediately south of the Flight of the Hawk Park. Look for an AOA sign at the driveway entrance along the road. Travel back along the driveway and through the gate until you come to the old farmhouse where we will park. Note: you will pass through private property and past two houses before reaching the entry gate. AOA volunteers will be at the farmhouse to direct parking.