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Upcoming Events 2017

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.

We are pleased to announce the 2017 public monarch tagging events by the Southwest Monarch Study. Contact info@swmonarchs.org for more detailed information.
  • September 9, 2017, Saturday, at Babacomari Ranch in Elgin, Arizona

    8 a.m. to Noon

    Deep within the rich savanna rangelands of Southeast Arizona, the Babocomari River winds through one of the oldest cattle ranches in the region. Every September Smooth beggartick, Bidens laevis, a marsh daisy rich in nectar along the river welcomes migrating monarchs and other pollinators as it weaves through the Cottonwood groves. We'll gather early at 8:00 a.m. because this public tagging event is on private property. Nestled in the grasslands of Elgin and Sonoita there are several B&B's and the Sonoita Inn if you care to make it a weekend. The Elgin wineries are nearby as well. Participation is limited to the first 15 people to register. Meeting location will be provided. Email: info@swmonarchs.org

    See "Things You Need to Know" below.

  • September 16, 2017, Saturday, at Silver Creek Fish Hatchery in Show Low, Arizona

    8 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

    Rabbitbrush and goldenrod explode in bloom offering their rich nectar to migrating monarchs passing through the White Mountains in September. We'll greet monarchs as they first slowly move in the morning chill in this charming grassland habitat along the banks of Silver Creek. This location is easy to access and monarchs are easy to tag. Nearby hotels and campgrounds fill rapidly in the fall, so plan ahead now if you are traveling a distance. Directions and meeting location will be provided. To register, Email: info@swmonarchs.org

    See "Things You Need to Know" below.

  • September 24, 2017, Sunday, at Red Rock State Park in Sedona, Arizona

    8:30 to 11:00 a.m.

    Nestled in the Red Rock Country of Sedona, Oak Creek provides a flyway for migrating monarchs hurrying to their overwintering grounds each September. Many will stop and nectar on nearby Sunflowers and Golden crownbeard, Verbesina encelioides, providing an opportunity to tag them on their way. Participation is limited by Red Rock State Park to the first 15 people to register at (928) 282-6907.

    See "Things You Need to Know" below.

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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