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Monarch Migration: September 2017 Events

If you love lepidopterans, you won't want to miss these upcoming butterfly-themed events!

Butterfly Count at Tulsa Botanic Garden

  • Where: Tulsa Botanic Garden, 3900 Tulsa Botanic Dr.
  • When: Throughout September

September is Butterfly Month at Tulsa Botanic Garden.  Throughout the month visitors of all ages are encouraged to come out and learn some of the most common butterflies and count how many butterflies they see while exploring the Botanic Garden. All observations will be recorded on a Butterfly Count Board in the Visitor Center. 

Caterpillars Galore! 

  • Where: Tulsa Botanic Garden, 3900 Tulsa Botanic Dr.
  • When: September 9, 10-11 a.m.

Bring the family to learn about caterpillars and how they transform into the many beautiful butterflies we see this time of year.  Sandra Schwinn will give a family-friendly presentation starting at 10 a.m.  and may even bring some live caterpillars to look at up close. Immediately following the presentation will be a short butterfly-related craft.  

Storytime in the Garden: Monarch Migration

  • Where: Linnaeus Teaching Garden at Woodward Park, 2435 S. Peoria Ave.
  • When: September 14, 10 a.m.

This week, the Linnaeus Teaching Garden's weekly storytime explores the topic of Monarch Migration through books and other fun activities. Other topics in the month of September include Trees and Leaves (September 7), Apples (September 21) and Scarecrows (September 28). 

Grand Opening of the Linnaeus Teaching Garden Butterfly and Pollinator Garden

  • Where: Linnaeus Teaching Garden at Woodward Park, 2435 S. Peoria Ave.
  • When: September 16, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. 

The public is invited to join the Linnaeus Volunteers in celebrating the opening of the Butterfly and Pollinator Garden on Saturday, September 16, 2017. While the general public may not have yet discovered the Linnaeus Butterfly Garden, the butterflies and pollinators have, with hundreds constantly feeding on the nectar plants.

Sandy Schwinn, Conservation Specialist with Monarch Watch will be on hand to discuss the plight of the Monarchs and other pollinators. Linnaeus Volunteers will be giving tours of the garden and offering gardening advice. Free refreshments will be available. The Oklahoma Sustainable and Butterfly and Pollinator Conservation Association will be selling host and nectar plants that sustain butterflies and pollinators.

Butterfly Walk at Oxley Nature Center

  • Where: Oxley Nature Center, located in Mohawk Park
  • When: September 16, 9:30 a.m. 

Stroll the grounds in search of butterflies at Oxley Nature Center. 

Oklahoma's Role in the Monarch Migration

  • Where: Tulsa Botanic Garden, 3900 Tulsa Botanic Drive
  • When: September 17, 2-3 p.m. 

Sandra Schwinn will talk about the migration of monarch butterflies and the importance of Oklahoma along their migration route. She will share information on what is being learned about the monarch population in Oklahoma and ways people can help. Sandra will share information on the Monarch Watch program and if possible, demonstrate how to tag monarch butterflies to help in their study. Free with admission. 

Monarchs on the Mountain

  • Where: Turkey Mountain Urban Wilderness Area, 6850 S. Elwood Ave.
  • When: September 23, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Tulsa's River Parks Authority is pleased to announce the return of Monarchs on the Mountain, a festival celebrating the vital role Eastern Oklahoma plays in the Monarch Butterfly migration will be held September 23rd, on Turkey Mountain. The festival will take place from 10:00 am, until 2:00 pm in the pavilion area of the Turkey Mountain Urban Wilderness Area near the main trailhead, 6850 S. Elwood Ave. 

The day will be filled with fun and educational activities highlighting the life cycle of the Monarch Butterfly, the Great Monarch Migration and the habitat of Turkey Mountain which supports a myriad of wildlife. Information will be available and plants may be purchased to help establish your own Monarch Waystation. Visitors can even make a seed ball to plant this fall. Monarch tagging will be demonstrated and butterflies will be released to join the southward migration to the Oyamel fir forests of Central Mexico. This free festival will appeal to all ages and food trucks will be on site. Come spend the day with us celebrating our unique place in the life of the Monarch!

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