Butterfly Programs

Monarch Tagging and More

Butterflies and Bugs at Seven Islands State Birding Park

Are you bonkers about bugs? Interested in insects? Be an entomologist (insect scientist) for the morning as we discover how scientists study insects in the field. We’ll use the tools and techniques of an entomologist on this bug science adventure. Kids of all ages are welcome. We’ll take a short hike (1-2 miles) through the park in search of insects, including a short distance off-trail. All equipment is provided. Sturdy shoes are recommended.

Advance registration is required (online registration button below).  Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Location: Seven Islands State Birding Park
Time: 10:00am – 12:00n
2019 Dates: Saturdays, June 8th and 22nd
Fee: $5 per person
Ages: All, but need to be able to walk 2 miles on trails.

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Butterfly Foray and Monarch Tagging at Seven Islands State Birding Park

Enjoy the wonder and beauty of flying flowers as we search the park for monarchs and other butterflies. To help scientists understand the monarch migration, we’ll put tracking tags on the monarchs we’re able to catch. Kids of all ages are welcome. We’ll start at 1:00pm with a brief explanation of the monarch migration and its importance. We’ll take a short hike (1-2 miles) through the park to find butterflies and tag as many monarchs as we can. Butterfly nets will be provided, but if you have your own, feel free to bring it. Please note that monarch populations and migration patterns vary. On any day we could see many, few or none. No matter how many we see, we’ll learn about why monarchs and other butterflies are fascinating, their importance and how we can help them. Sturdy shoes are recommended.

Location: Seven Islands State Birding Park
Time: 1:00pm – 3:00pm
2019 Dates: Saturdays, September 14, 21, 28, October 5, 12, 19.
Fee: $5 per person
Ages: All, but need to be able to walk 2 miles on trails.

Advance Registration is required. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

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Proceeds support Tennessee Butterfly Monitoring Network, a research and conservation project of Zoo Knoxville, and Friends of Seven Islands State Birding Park.

For more information or questions, email Steve McGaffin at smcgaffin@zooknoxville.org.