MAYOR TO PROCLAIM MONARCH MONTH IN OKLAHOMA CITY
April 22, 2019
Oklahoma City is directly in the path of monarch butterflies’ annual migration. Recognizing the importance of these pollinators and the urgency of restoring their population, the Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden has made planting for monarchs and other pollinators a central conservation platform for 2019. As part of this effort, Mayor David Holt is proclaiming April “Monarch Month” in Oklahoma City at the City Council meeting on Tuesday, April 23.
Tuesday, April 23 at 8:30 a.m.
City Hall, 200 North Walker Avenue, Third Floor
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73102
The monarch butterfly population has dropped by over 80 percent in the last 20 years. The main reason for this is habitat loss throughout the monarch's migration and breeding range. Migrating monarchs funnel through Oklahoma in the spring and fall.
Along with other partners from the Oklahoma Monarch and Pollinator Collaborative (OMPC), Dr. Rebecca Snyder, OKC Zoo science and conservation curator, will make brief remarks about the importance of monarchs and how everyone can act to protect their habitat and increase their declining populations at the City Council meeting.
In addition to the OKC Zoo’s involvement with OMPC, the Zoo awards grants to Oklahoma City metro area schools to establish their own monarch gardens and trains teachers how to incorporate the new gardens into their curriculum. The Zoo also hosts the annual Monarch Madness 5K and Fun Run along with its annual Monarch Festival each fall and tags hundreds of butterflies each year for Monarch Watch’s citizen science program. Plus, the Zoo is home to its own Monarch Waystation located near the Noble Aquatic Center and Lakeside Café.
Monarch butterflies overwinter in the forests of the Sierra Madre Mountains west of Mexico City. In the spring they head north, mate and lay eggs on milkweed in the northern states of Mexico and southern US. Four additional generations will spread north across the northern United States and southern Canada. All three countries play a critical role in saving the monarch butterfly! Collaboration is critical for a species like the monarch butterfly whose eastern population’s (east of the continental divide) migration spans the three countries.
Located at the crossroads of I-44 and I-35, the Zoo is a proud member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, the American Alliance of Museums, Oklahoma City’s Adventure District and an Adventure Road partner. Hours of operation are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Regular admission is $11 for adults and $8 for children ages 3-11 and seniors ages 65 and over. Children two and under are admitted free. Stay up-to-date with the Zoo on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and by visiting Our Stories. Zoo fans can support the OKC Zoo by becoming Oklahoma Zoological Society members at ZOOfriends.org or in-person at the Zoo! To learn more about these and other happenings, call (405) 424-3344 or visit okczoo.org.