By Cynthia Germain
Karen Newbern, an expert Naturalist, and employee of Door Landscape and Nursery, was special guest speaker at the Crossroads at Big Creek on Sunday afternoon, introducing the tagging of monarch butterflies to the community. Newbern spoke on the monarch’s life cycle, the issues that they face as their population declines and their migration to Mexico. Krista Schley was in attendance with her two children who have worked with monarch butterflies this summer.
After the presentation, Newbern was pleased to then share the activity of tagging of monarchs with the participants of the program. They captured the butterflies and then placed tiny adhesive tags on their wings. The monarch butterflies are then recovered somewhere in their travels, and scientists can then track where they came from and learn more about the migration of these butterfly species.