Burpee Butterfly Project: Monarchs
Burpee is calling all citizen scientists. Don’t miss this opportunity to help the monarch butterfly species. We are collecting and raising monarchs for study in our facility, education, release and tagging. We are busy collecting data prior to their great migration south. We need your help!
Come back to Burpee to learn more about the species, how to conserve and be an active participant in our research. Hold the butterfly, remove the scales, apply the tag and record your data to be a part of a nation-wide tagging effort. Your participation helps scientists learn more about this beautiful species and how to protect it.
Monarch migration is effected by weather patterns that retard or advance the migration. (For Example: Temperature, strong southwesterly winds). Burpee will select tagging and release dates based on science and our best guess for peak migrations times in 2017. Stay Tuned for final dates!
Ways You Can Contribute:
1. Become a Monarch Adoptive Parent.
Anyone can do this! There is not an age limit…kids under 12 need an adult willing to help. Rearing monarch babies (larva) can be a fun learning activity and provide valuable scientific information if rearing data are collected and reported.
We will set you up with monarch larva, a small habitat and all the instructions you need to be a good conservationist and butterfly parent. With a quick agreement to feed, care for and observe your little guy you are officially an adoptive parent. As your larva grows and eats (and eats and eats) in 15-19 short days you will find a beautiful pupa (chrysalis). Your butterfly will not need much attention in this phase, and you are welcome to bring it back to us at that time. When your butterfly emerges 8-15 days later you will see a beautiful, orange monarch. You can care for him or her until the wings dry, and then bring it back to Burpee for a final check in.
2. Sign Up for Butterfly Release Day
In September we will have a fantastic day at Burpee celebrating the monarch’s upcoming journey. Individuals and families can sign up for monarch activities and tagging. Participants will receive their own butterfly to observe, learn how to handle and tag for research, and the chance to participate in our send-off party. We hope to see you there. Tickets on sale NOW!
3. Volunteer to help in our Monarch Lab
We have butterflies that need food, cleaning and care. We need to collect observational data if you want to help!
4. Sponsor our Monarch Butterflies with a Gift
From feeding the larva to building the cages to buying the tagging equipment, this process requires funding and is only possible thanks to the generous contributions of people just like you! Thanks for your support.
5. Bring items from our wish list
We can use tennis ball cans, cut flowers, milkweed, rubber bands, cheesecloth, and paper towels. You can send donations through our “Give” link or by mailing a check.