Monarch butterfly banding Sept. 16 in Anderson Prairie

With the beginning of the migration of the monarch butterflies to Mexico, the Luther College entomology class will host a monarch butterfly migration banding event in Anderson Prairie on the Luther College campus from 1:30-4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 16.

The monarch butterfly population has declined dramatically over the past 20 years, and efforts are being made across Iowa to increase monarch abundance by providing suitable habitats that include nectar sources for adult butterflies and milkweed for caterpillars. So far, 2018 appears to be a year of growth for monarchs.

This event, open to the public, will help provide data on the fall migration of this unique and well-known butterfly.

Participants should bring a butterfly net if they have one, otherwise butterfly nets may be check out at the event check in, held at the parking lot behind Shirley Baker Commons. Turn into the driveway/parking lot across College Drive from the main entrance to the college. Travel to the top of the hill and park. In case of cloudy, windy or rainy weather, the event will be canceled.

Contact Kirk Larsen, Luther professor of biology, with questions at [email protected].

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