KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The popular monarch butterflies become a bit more numerous in the Kansas City area during September. Successive generations build numbers as summer wanes and migrating monarchs from northern states travel south. The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) will celebrate the beauty and wonder of this remarkable butterfly with a series of free programs at the Anita B. Gorman Discovery Center in Kansas City and the Burr Oak Woods Nature Center in Blue Springs.
The programs range from fun activities for toddlers to serious science efforts. Monarch butterflies have declined nationally in recent decades due to habitat loss and other challenges. People can help by adding some monarch-friendly native plants to home gardens or rural acreages.
For more information, or to register for an event that requires registration, visit the Burr Oak Woods and Discovery Center pages at http://mdc.mo.gov, and MDC’s online events signup portal at https://mdc.mo.gov/events-s3.