This is the time of the year for the annual migration of Monarch Butterflies in the Midwest. However, it’s not that easy to detect the migration as it was some twenty years and more. Back then, it was common to count some 15 to 20 monarchs per mile crossing any highway in the state during the annual migration. But now, Monarch Butterflies are a much rarer sight.
People can learn more about these butterflies, the migration they make, and the pollination benefits they provide people at the September 25th Missouri Department of Conservation’s program, “Monarchs Rule.” This free event, which will be from 10 to 11 in the morning on Saturday, at the Conservation Department’s Conservation Nature Center at 4601 South Nature Center in Springfield. Though this program is free, registration is required. Program registrants should note that they now have the option to open to link their children’s accounts to their own, which will streamline the program registration process. Since 1995, there has been a 90 percent decline in Monarch Butterflies in the midwest.