Students in our ADS Horticulture Classes listened to an amazing book, Monarch Buddies by Lynn M. Rosenblatt. They learned about the Monarch butterfly life cycle. As a follow-up to the story, several of our classrooms are raising Monarch butterflies from caterpillars found in the school garden.
garden is certified and registered by Monarch Watch as an official Monarch
Waystation. This year we will take our annual Monarch Butterfly program a step
further by participating in the Monarch Watch Tagging System. A special sticker will be placed on our
classroom reared butterflies. Tagging data will include the tag code, release
date, if the butterfly is a male or female and is wild caught or classroom
reared and the release location. The recorded information will be submitted to
Monarch Watch and this Citizen Science data will be used to help track the
status of the Monarch Butterfly population. Tagged monarchs are observed or
recovered in the United States, Canada and Northern Mexico. Recovery information
from the tag is added to the Monarch Watch database.