August 28th Monarch Tagging Field Trip- CANCELED

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NHEE Field Trip Series: Gathering Ideas Across the Granite State

August-October 2021 join fellow environmental educators and teachers at locations across the Granite State to glean new ideas to inspire your work. This is a wonderful way to network and meet others who are passionate about environmental education.

Saturday, August 28th - 1-4pm

monarch tagging

Monarch Tagging Field Trip

Have you noticed adult monarch butterflies flying around lately? September 3 –15 is PEAK MIGRATION WEEK for our area. Adults are riding the southerly winds during the day and feeding in the late afternoon. They roost in trees nearby overnight and are off again the next morning. Scientists who study monarch migration use information gathered from observations recorded online and tagging programs to learn more about this amazing natural phenomenon. 

Learn about monarch migration and tagging with Dawn Dextraze, Sullivan County's Education and Outreach Specialist. If you have your own aerial net, feel free to bring it, though the Sullivan County Conservation District (SCCD) will provide the tags, nets, and instructions on how to net and tag monarchs. The monarchs will most likely be foraging for nectar among the flowers in the field and fueling up for the next day’s flight, so it’s a good idea to wear long pants, sneakers and a hat. Bring plenty of water too!

In case of rain, this event will be cancelled. 

Location: Route 12 in Claremont/Charlestown to Morningside Lane, left onto Richardson Rd. This is a gravel/dirt road. Look for the signs. Parking area at end. You will see a kiosk. Walk along the road to the barn and garden.  If you are late getting there, keep walking on the trail in between the cornfields, through another forest to the pond (10-15 minute walk). Google Map

About the Leader: Dawn works for Sullivan County Natural Resources Dept. and Conservation District as an Educator and Outreach Specialist. She moved to Claremont, NH from Townsend, TN where she lived and worked in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.  Dawn has been teaching outdoor environmental education since 2002 and has worked in New England, Washington, North Carolina, and Tennessee.  She has a B.S. in Biology from Mars Hill College and a M.A. in Environmental Education from UNH.  Her specialties include aquatic natural history, astronomy, citizen science, student-centered education techniques, and butterflies.  In her free time, she enjoys sewing, gardening, reading, hiking and spending time with her nephews. 

This trip was canceled due to low enrollment.

However, the same event will be happening in the same place on Sunday, September 12th from 1-4pm. It is during peak migration week for the monarchs in our area! This program is co-hosted with Upper Valley Land Trust, who owns the land. The program is free through UVLT and you can learn more on their events calendar: Directions to the site are included.