Niagara Parks to Hold Annual Monarch Release

September 4, 2020

Niagara Parks

Niagara Falls, ON – On September 5th Niagara Parks will hold its annual monarch release program Majestic Monarchs at the Butterfly Conservatory. Guests are invited to join Niagara Parks staff for this free event as the Monarchs are tagged for tracking and released to embark on their remarkable journey to Mexico for the winter.

Visitors will have the opportunity to participate in tagging and releasing of the butterflies, which will take place at each half hour, beginning at 12:30pm and running until 4pm. The tags allow researchers to effectively track Monarch migration patterns and document changes and trends in their behaviour. Also, any found tags are recorded and posted online, giving participants the chance to potentially see where their tagged butterfly ended its journey.

In addition to the release initiative, Niagara Parks staff will be educating visitors on the Monarch’s fascinating lifecycle and the unique conservation efforts being taken to support these amazing insects.

Appropriate safety measures will be in place for staff and guests, including the required use of face coverings while participating in the event. Guests are asked to bring their own face coverings to eliminate waste.

Niagara Parks

Niagara Parks

The Niagara Parks Commission is committed to a vision of Ontario’s Niagara Parks as one that Preserves a rich heritage, Conserves natural wonders, and Inspires people world-wide. Founded in 1885, The Niagara Parks Commission is an Operational Enterprise Agency of the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport. Its mission is to protect the natural and cultural heritage along the Niagara River for the enjoyment of visitors while maintaining financial self-sufficiency.