Friday, August 19, 2011

See Monarch Butterflies Tomorrow; They're Free To See, As The Song Says

This is where you want to be Saturday, at 5 p.m., according to the good folks who are saving butterfly habitat at our very own County Grounds:

Monarch Migration Events 2011.

Monarch butterflies will soon start their 2,000-mile annual migration from Canada to Mexico.

They feed and roost by the hundreds on our very own Milwaukee County Grounds before they head for their winter roosting site.

Best time to visit to witness the roosts is around sunset, from about 10 days before and after Labor Day.

Many butterflies can be seen feeding from sunrise to sunset.
Bring Your Camera! Migration Launch August 20th ~~~~~~~~Saturday, 5 pm start.

All events are free~~meet at the Kiosk—Parks Department Headquarters, 9480 W. Watertown Plank Rd., Wauwatosa.

Guided tour starts at 5:45.

Pack a picnic, food and beverages will also be for sale including Dick’s famous sandwiches. Fly kites (bring yours/borrow one of ours, local acoustic musicians, and don’t miss the butterfly release!

The Friends of the Monarch Trail have saved 11 acres of habitat from all development in the future.

But development will occur on some of the area that is now monarch habitat, so the saved area will need to be improved and enhances by volunteers.

Look for the Monarch flags on the North side of W. Watertown Plank Rd.

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