Millions of monarchs are on the move. The mass migration is just beginning. You will soon see butterflies dodging into the branches in the evening and congregating on the edges of the branches.
The O'Brien County Conservation Board is hosting their annual monarch-tagging event at Mill Creek Park on Thursday, Sept. 8 beginning at 5:30 p.m.
Bring your butterfly net or borrow one of theirs. Those who plan on attending this event are encouraged to meet at the lodge for a short program on monarchs, their life story and amazing migratory pathway. Then hit the trail for a citizen science project. Participants will be placing small tags on the butterflies' wings, which will allow data to be returned to scientists studying the monarch migration.
Also, you are invited to join the Iowa Lakes Audubon Society and the O'Brien County Conservation Board for their annual Hawk Watch on Saturday, Sept. 17, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Grab your binoculars and head over to the highway to get a view of the traffic. In case you're confused, the highway mentioned is a busy migratory route through the middle of our region, and the traffic is raptors on the move.
The come-and-go event will be held at the Prairie Heritage Center. The Prairie Heritage Center is located two miles east of Sutherland and one mile north of Hwy 10 on Yellow Avenue.
Bring your glasses and keep an eye out for birds on the "road."
Come and be a part of these events. You can call the Prairie Heritage Center at 712-295-7200 for more information.