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Neal Smith Monarch Madness
September 16 @ 8:30 am - 11:30 am
What: Monarch Madness – Volunteer to help capture and tag monarch butterflies for a monitoring project
When: Saturday, September 16 from 8:30 am – 11:30am
Where: Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge
9981 Pacific St, Prairie City, IA 50228
Calling all monarch butterfly lovers! Volunteer to assist refuge staff with capturing, tagging, and releasing monarch butterflies at Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge on Saturday, September 16 from 8:30 am – 11:30 am. Tagging monarch butterflies enables scientists to track their migration. This information helps scientists to better understand how to help this declining butterfly species. In previous years, monarch butterflies tagged at Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge were located on their wintering grounds in Mexico, identified by tag number.
This event is free, but registration is required. The number of participants is limited. To register, visit the following link and fill out the form: https://forms.office.com/g/7egTpJq9g2
You can also call 515-994-3400 to register. You will receive and email confirmation.
Volunteers are required to fill out a volunteer agreement. Volunteers under the age of 18 must have a parent or legal guardian sign their form. Volunteers are required to wear closed sturdy shoes, pants, a long-sleeved shirt and bring a refillable water bottle.
The refuge is located right off highway 163 in Prairie City at 9981 Pacific Street – only about 30 minutes east of Des Moines. For more information about the refuge and event, including driving directions, please visit our website at https://www.fws.gov/refuge/neal-smith or check out our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/NealSmithNWR. Specific questions can be directed to
Nancy Corona at [email protected] or (515) 994-3400.