MDC offers free monarch butterfly programs Sept. 14 and 18 in Kansas City area

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Kansas City, Mo. – If you enjoy monarch butterflies, September is prime viewing time because migrants from the north mingle with locally grown generations.  Besides bright orange and black colors, their life history is impressive, too. The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) will host two programs about monarch butterflies in September at the Burr Oak Woods Nature Center in Blue Springs.

The first program is virtual and open to all ages from 1 to 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 14. This program will focus on the magical trek monarch generations make to Mexico in autumn, and then their return in spring. Instructions will also be given on how to tag monarchs with small paper tags to help scientists track their journeys and population trends. To register, visit  A link to the online program will be sent to those who register.

MDC’s Burr Oak Woods staff will host an in-person monarch event from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 18. This program for all ages will explore the butterfly’s lifestyle and migration. Participants will have the opportunity to help citizen science by tagging monarchs. MDC staff can answer questions about how to improve monarch habitat in your gardens or acres. COVID-19 precautions will be observed. To register, visit