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Upcoming Events

Every Fall volunteers tag thousands of Monarchs as they fly through Arizona on their migration to their overwintering sites. Tagging parties are scheduled in advance at locations around the state where monarchs have frequented in the past.

See the Southwest Monarch Facebook page for upcoming events and information. Scroll to "Events" at the top right. (You can see this page without being a Facebook member.)

2019 started with a very low monarch population in the West but fortunately we have seen good size breeding populations in parts of Nevada, Utah, Arizona and New Mexico. The breeding season was late and long with the cool Spring and Summer temperatures and may linger longer than usual into Fall. As a result, we urge caution and recommend avoiding tagging monarchs near breeding areas where we can likely have a mix of breeding and migrating monarchs in September and October.

We’ve scheduled the following two tagging events in Arizona. Reservations are required for both events. Please be sure to read “Things You Need to Know” in the section below the event listing to be best prepared.

The registration for this event is full
September 22, 2019 – Sunday

8:30 – 11 a.m.
Bubbling Ponds Fish Hatchery
Page Springs, Arizona
Become a Citizen Scientist and tag colorful migrating Monarch butterflies as they refuel on sunflower nectar. Limited to 15 people, reservations required.
Register: info@swmonarchs.org

September 28, 2019 – Saturday
8:30 - 11 a.m.
Red Rock State Park
Sedona, Arizona.
Become a Citizen Scientist and tag colorful migrating Monarch butterflies as they refuel on sunflower nectar! Limited to 15 people, reservations required.
Make your reservation by calling Red Rock State Park: (928) 282-6907

Things you need to know

Everyone who participates in a tagging event must complete a liability/photo release form. Click here for pdf or click here for Word, print the form, fill it in and bring it along. The tagging leader will also have blank forms available.

Interested in joining in the fun? Here are some helpful hints to make your experience a success:
  • Wear sturdy shoes that can get wet (NO sandals, please). Many tagging sites are near and in creeks.
  • Long pants and a long sleeve shirt protect your body from scratches from desert bushes.
  • Wear a hat and sunblock.
  • Bring sufficient water, snacks and a sack lunch. Most tagging events last 3 to 6 hours.
  • All children must be accompanied by adults.
  • Don't forget your camera!
  • We leave promptly. Monarch butterflies are most active in the morning hours and their numbers vary from year to year. Most areas should be filled with birds and other butterflies as well.
  • Please RSVP at info@swmonarchs.org

Photo by Adriane Grimaldi

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