MDC Hosting Virtual Program on Monarch Butterflies

September is a great month to learn about monarch butterflies in Missouri because this is when these fascinating and beneficial insects are migrating through the Show-Me State on their way to their wintering grounds in central Mexico.

People can learn more about monarch butterflies on September 14 at the free Missouri Department of Conservation virtual program “Insects: Monarch Magic.”

This online program will be from 6-6:30 p.m. and is recommended for all ages.

It is being put on by the staff of MDC’s Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center in Joplin.

The importance of having monarch butterflies around is about much more than seeing pretty butterflies in flower gardens.

Studies have shown that the financial benefits provided to U.S. citizens by the pollination activities of butterflies and other insects can be measured in billions of dollars.

MDC Naturalist Jessie Ballard will discuss theories about the annual monarch migration and will also provide tips on plants that will provide good habitat for these colorful butterflies during the time they’re in Missouri.

To register for this event, visit the link here.