Tagging my first Monarch
While Young Naturalist C was in Cape Cod watching Whales and having a good time at the beach . . . . those of us back in Allegany State Park were butterfly sitting her caterpillars/chrysalis while she was off on vacation. Just last Thursday her oldest Monarch Butterfly emerged from its chrysalis (who Young Naturalist C named Lulu) and so I asked her mother if I could tag my first monarch (C couldn’t be around to tag it).
Up Close with a Monarch
This year, Young Naturalist C’s mother (who is a staff naturalist for the park) started tagging Monarch Butterflies during her Butterfly and Allegany Adventure Camp programs that she has been doing. It has been a very successful program for the park with many monarch butterflies flying around this year. Since I am stuck in the office all day . . . . this was my first chances to tag a Monarch (ya ya, I could have ordered some of my own tags)! But, I doubt this will be my last monarch that I end up tagging!!
A 1:15 minute clip of me tagging the Monarch
Lulu (the Monarch) had emerged early in the morning before we made it into the office (reason we missed it coming out). Later in the afternoon once its wings were finally dry . . . . I went to place Lulu into the larger cage practice flying and wait to be tagged. Of course just as I went to close the door it took its first flight around my office. . . . as my boss was asking me to do something in the other room . . . . you can picture the whole scenario of me running around trying to catch this thing (in a very professional manner . . . . ya right!).
The Monarch Tagged
As we were tagging Lulu . . . .the park was having severe thunderstorms moving through the area. If you listen to the video carefully . . . . you can hear some thunder in the background rumbling. So, after tagging her . . . . we placed both butterflies (we had two Monarchs emerge that day) back into the cage awaiting for the rain to end. Then later that day they were released to migrate south to Mexico and for Lulu’s children’s children to return next year (and continue the process all over again).
In the flight cage awaiting its released.