Learn about the Magnificent Monarch Migration at Delaware Seashore State Park

by Dave on September 7, 2010

It’s that time of year again, when we start seeing monarch butterflies passing through the Delmarva Peninsula. Now that summer has come to a close and the air temperatures are cooling off, the monarch butterfly will begin its southward migration to a warmer climate. Many of these monarchs follow the coastline, stopping off in places like Delaware Seashore State Park to feed on seaside goldenrod, an autumn-blooming plant that thrives in the sandy dunes.

Join a park naturalist to learn about this fascinating insect and how it survives a 2000 mile journey! Learn about its life cycle, where is spends the winter, and even how it got its name. Program participants will then get the opportunity to partake in an international monarch research project where monarchs are caught in butterfly nets, their wings marked with small adhesive tags, and released to continue on their migration. At the end of the migration season, park staff will send the tagging records to be entered into the national database for future research.

This “all-ages” program will be held three times this season: Sunday, September 19th and Saturdays, September 25th and October 2rd at 10:30 a.m. The fee is $4 per person and pre-registration is not required. Participants should meet at the Indian River Life-Saving Station Museum which is located 3.5 miles south of Dewey Beach and 1.5 miles north of the Indian River Inlet Bridge. For more information on this or other programs held at Delaware Seashore State Park, please contact the Indian River Life-Saving Station Museum at (302) 227-6991.

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