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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. COVID-19 restrictions may be necessary in the 2022 tagging season.

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.)

2022 Tagging Events

Flagstaff Festival of Science Monarch Tagging Special Events:

  • September 24, 2022 Saturday 8:30 to 10:30 AM.
    Learn to tag a monarch butterfly at Bubbling Ponds in Cornville Arizona. This event is open to adults and parents with their children. Reservations are required to attend. Space is limited to 15 people. To register email info@swmonarchs.org. Be sure to read "Things you need to know" (below) so you are ready to tag safely.

  • September 25, 2022 Sunday 8:30 to 10:30 AM.
    Learn to tag a monarch butterfly at Bubbling Ponds in Cornville Arizona. This event is open to adults and parents with their children. Reservations are required to attend. Space is limited to 15 people. To register email info@swmonarchs.org. Be sure to read "Things you need to know" (below) so you are ready to tag safely.

  • September 26, 2022 Monday 8:30 to 10:30 AM.
    Learn to tag a monarch butterfly at Bubbling Ponds in Cornville Arizona. This special event is open to ADULTS ONLY. Reservations are required to attend. Space is limited to 15 people. To register email info@swmonarchs.org. Be sure to read "Things you need to know" (below) so you are ready to tag safely.

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 2 to 3 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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