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Monarch butterflies are on the annual pilgrimage to Mexico

This monarch posed on a flower long enough to capture its image
This monarch posed on a flower long enough to capture its image
©Solid Rock Photography

Perhaps you are one to head south to escape a Minnesota winter. Did you know that Monarch Butterflies are already on the move south for their annual pilgrimage to central Mexico? As these amazing creatures pass through our area on their southerly paths, you have an opportunity to help catch, tag, and release Monarch butterflies.

You can learn more about Monarch Butterflies and their whole process online. The site gives regular updates of the flight paths as well as much more information about them.

River Bend Nature Center will host an event on Saturdays, September 10 and September 17 from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM to learn more about the monarchs. The event will start with a program to learn about the impressive migration process and then will move outside to begin to catch and tag butterflies. Most of the time will be spent outside and often among tall, possibly scratchy prairie plants. You should plan to wear sunscreen. long pants and sturdy shoes for the work of gathering and tagging the butterflies. This event is open to all ages. Young children may need assist to navigate in taller prairie plants. This event is free to members of River Bend Nature Center. For all others, the cost is $3 per adult. River Bend Nature Center is located off Highway 60 on the east side of Faribault. Follow the brown signs. For more information visit online or call 507-332-7151.