Thursday, August 30, 2012

Help tag monarch butterflies in Cades Cove

Here's an excellent opportunity to help with scientific research on monarch butterflies in the Smokies. Join naturalist Wanda DeWaard and the Great Smoky Mountains Association on a monarch tagging venture in Cades Cove on Saturday, September 29th.

Volunteers will meet Wanda at the orientation shelter at the beginning of the Cades Cove loop road at 9:30 a.m. for an introduction to the program, prior to car-pooling into the Cove for tagging. The program will end around 2:00 p.m.

Light-weight long pants and a broad-brimmed hat are strongly recommended, as well as some insect repellent. Pack a light lunch and water. A limited number of butterfly nets will be available to share, but if you have one, bring it along. A hand lens is always helpful, too. Butterfly field guides and reference books will be available to help identify other species that may end up in your net.

If interested, don't wait too long to register! This popular event is limited to only 20 people. To register, call 865-436-7318, ext. 222 or 254. A nominal fee of $5 will be charged for GSMA members, and $10 for non-members. Children under 12 are free and welcomed.

For more information on monarchs please click here.

Hiking in the Smokies

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