Monarch Madness is set for Friday, Oct. 24 at the Fennessey Ranch on SH2678.
Presenters include Texas Parks and Wildlife, Texas State Aquarium, Center for Coastal Studies Texas A&M University Corpus Christi, Mission Aransas NERR Site, Welder Wildlife Refuge, Padre Island National Seashore and Coastal Bend Wildlife Photo Contest
Activities coordinated by the presenters are Collecting and Tagging Monarch Butterflies also known as Danaus Plexippus, “Come Fly with the Texas Sate Aquarium,” The Story of the Magnificent Whooping Crane, Butterfly Collection (Gary Adams), Touch Tank NERR Site), Good Litter/Bad Litter (Padre Island National Seashore), Finding Tracks (Welder Wildlife Refuge), “It’s all About Bats”, “Bug Hunting”, Migration Trivia, “I Spy for Butterfly” and Hayrides.
The field day will end by releasing the Monarchs for their journey South to the mountain areas of California and Mexico.
Migration Stewardship Beyond Borders: Monarch Madness is part II of a two part educational outreach program for local students designed to educate rural under-served students about the perils of animal migration and the importance of habitat preservation.
The first phase is held at the Aransas National Wildlife Refuge and their program focuses on environmental education covering many topics such as Whooping Cranes, Sea Turtles, Hawks, Migration Headaches, Habitat Restoration, Habitat Preservation, Bats, Historical Migrations of the Mammoth, Reptile and Amphibians, The Threat of Power Lines and Tall Structures for Migratory Birds.