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Sunday’s Monarch March marks spring migration

UPDATE (3/2): Because of Sunday’s forecast of cold weather, Monarch March has been rescheduled for next Sunday (March 10) from 1-4 p.m.

By Hallie Hutchins, Parks & Recreation Marketing Assistant

Hello spring, hello monarchs!

The brilliant orange-and-black monarchs are among the most recognizable butterflies that call the Americas home. Texas is fortunate to be among the first states to witness the monarchs’ spring pilgrimage back to their northern homeland.

The Lone Star State and the Brazos Valley are situated between the monarchs’ primary breeding grounds in the north and their wintering areas in the south. That means we get to witness the mesmerizing migration in the spring and fall.

To commemorate the butterflies’ spring journey, the College Station Parks & Recreation Department will host Monarch March on Sunday from 1-4 p.m. at Lick Creek Nature Center. Admission is free.

Monarch March is a fitting tribute to the winged creatures that graze our landscape each spring. The day will be full of interactive and educational activities with the help of community organizations such as Brazos County Master Gardeners, Brazos Valley Master Naturalists, Texas A&M Entomology Department, Urban Interface, A&M Garden Club, and Butterflies in the Brazos.

Experts from these groups will host a booth that instills an appreciation for wildlife through fun, educational activities. Events will include a march through Lick Creek Park’s premier monarch waystation, butterfly arts and crafts, learning about butterfly wings, a migration obstacle course, how to create a waystation or butterfly garden, and much more.

Monarch March celebrates this fascinating time of year while spreading the word about the importance of creating habitats to support these beautiful winged creatures.

Join us as we welcome the iconic black and orange butterflies back into Aggieland!

For more information, visit cstx.gov/monarchs or call 979-764-6216.


About the Blogger

Hallie Hutchins is in her fourth year as a marketing staff assistant in the Parks & Recreation Department after graduating from Texas A&M in 2014 with a degree in sports management. She has previously worked with the Dallas Sidekicks professional soccer team and Texas Team Junior Golf. Originally from White Oak, Hallie also attended Kilgore College and was a member of the famed Kilgore Rangerettes dance team.


 

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How you can help fuel the fall monarch migration

By Hallie Hutchins, Parks & Recreation Marketing Staff Assistant

College Station is perfectly situated to witness the fall monarch migration. The black and orange beauties funnel their way through the Brazos Valley each year from September through November.

At distances up to 3,000 miles, the monarch migration is among the world’s longest wildlife journeys. The monarchs fly up to 250 miles a day from their summer habitats to their winter sanctuary in the mountains of Mexico.

Waystations and pollinator gardens serve as stepping stones where they can rest and recharge along the way. Unfortunately, as the number of friendly stopping points has declined, the monarch population has dwindled. The good news is that kind-hearted citizens are taking action.

Locally, Butterflies in the Brazos has endeavored to recreate native habitat by building a butterfly garden in Bee Creek Park (1900 Anderson St.). You can become a part of this community effort by participating in the Butterflies in the Brazos Planting Day on Saturday, Sept. 22 from 8 a.m.-noon. Volunteers will plant milkweed and other nectar plants along the park trail.

You’ll need to bring water, appropriate work shoes or boots, gloves, sunscreen, and garden tools such as rakes or shovels. Contributing nectar-producing plants or host plants for butterflies isn‘t required but would be appreciated.

Thanks to the College Station and Bryan Lowe’s, Culligan Water, Shipley’s Donuts College Station, Farm Patch, Producers Cooperative, Home Depot, Aggieland Grass and Stone, Living Earth, and Legacy Ace Hardware for donating materials and supplies.

For more information and a list of suggested plants to bring, visit cstx.gov/monarchs.


About the Blogger

Hallie Hutchins is in her fourth year as marketing staff assistant in the Parks & Recreation Department after graduating from Texas A&M in 2014 with a degree in sports management. She has previously worked with the Dallas Sidekicks professional soccer team and Texas Team Junior Golf. Originally from White Oak, Hallie also attended Kilgore College and was a member of the famed Kilgore Rangerettes dance team.


 

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