Catch and release

The public is welcome to participate in tagging of monarch butterflies beginning at 1 p.m. Aug. 24 at the Prairie Resource Center at Brushy Creek, 2820 Brushy Creek Road.

The day will begin with a short presentation on butterflies of Iowa by Iowa Department of Natural Resources Wildlife Diversity Biologist Stephanie Shepherd.

This will be followed by capture and tagging of monarchs. There will also be an opportunity to capture other species of butterflies for identification, show the group and release back to the air. Some butterfly nets will be available, but participants may bring their own.

In the fall, monarch butterflies feast on late flowering plants before their long migration to the Mexico wintering area. Iowa is a key area for monarch butterflies because it is a monarch-producing state as well as a migration route for many monarchs.

By the end of August, the last generation of monarch butterflies has emerged from their chrysalises and the migration is ready to begin.

For more information, contact Bill Johnson, 543-8319, or

To get to the Prairie Resource Center, from U.S. Highway 20 turn south on Webster County Road P73 (Union Ave.) and proceed south 4 miles; turn east onto Lake View Drive (the west entrance to Brushy Creek), follow Lake View Drive past the campgrounds, beach, and across the dam.