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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.

Here is a list of exciting monarch events you can join! Contact info@swmonarchs.org for more detailed information. For tagging events in Elgin, Show Low and Sedona, be sure to read the recommended list below.
  • August 11 to 19: New Mexico. Join us to learn about the fascinating monarch migration and Citizen Science opportunities in New Mexico! See this link for locations and times.
  • September 1, Thursday: Arboretum at Flagstaff (Arizona) Learn how to tag 5:30 to 7:00 pm
  • September 4, Sunday: Grand Canyon Butterfly Count & Monarch tagging. Join us at 8 a.m. at Park Headquarters on the South Rim for an exciting day of counting butterflies and tagging monarchs. For more information, email info@swmonarchs.org
  • September 11, Sunday: Join us for an exciting tagging event at Babacomari Ranch in Elgin, AZ. Nestled in the Arizona grasslands and wine country, you won't want to miss our first tagging event at this location! For more information, email info@swmonarchs.org
  • September 17, Saturday: Special tagging event at Silver Creek Fish Hatchery outside of Show Low, AZ. Meet us at 8 a.m. in the parking lot. Email us at info@swmonarchs.org for more information.
  • September 25, Sunday: Join us for a morning of tagging monarchs at Red Rock State Park in Sedona, AZ! Meet at 9 a.m. by the information center.

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.
  • 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

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.)

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