Monarch Tagging

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 and water are recommended.

Location: Seven Islands State Birding Park
Time: 1:00pm – 3:00pm
Fee: $8 per person
Ages: All

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

2021 dates:

  • September  18, 19, 25, 26
  • October 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 17

Ticket sales close 24 hours before the start of the program.

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

For more information or questions, email Steve McGaffin at [email protected].