Butterfly Festival

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Wading through sunflowers with a captured monarch butterfly, a monarch tagging participant brings his catch in to be tagged. Tagging is just one of many butterfly-themed activities planned at the Kansas Wetlands Education Center’s butterfly festival

All things “butterfly” is the focus of the Kansas Wetlands Education Center’s annual Butterfly Festival

 Update - on 2021 Festival!

Kansas Wetlands Education Center’s Butterfly Festival Canceled

Due to safety and health concerns, the Kansas Wetlands Education Center has regretfully decided to cancel the Butterfly Festival that was scheduled for Sept. 18. However, visitors are welcome to come and tag monarch butterflies on that date, Sept. 18, 9 a.m. to noon. Since tagging takes place outside and taggers can spread out, it was deemed a safe activity.

 
 
Nets and tags will be available for those who want to capture and tag monarch butterflies. Participants head out into the flower-filled fields and shelter belt around KWEC to hunt monarchs, with tagging leaders stationed along the trail to help with the tagging process. During the last five years, 17 tagged monarchs released at KWEC have been recovered from winter roosts in Mexico.
 
 
   
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A successfully tagged monarch butterfly is ready to resume its journey south.

 
Information on butterfly-friendly plantings will be available, along with examples of butterfly-friendly plants in the KWEC pollinator garden. Native flower seed packets, which include milkweed, can be picked up at the station.
 
For more information contact KWEC at 1-877-243-9268 or visit: wetlandscenter.fhsu.edu.