Category: Monarch Butterflies
Wednesday, March 20, 2019
The Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden, in partnership with Myriad Botanical Gardens , Oklahoma Monarch and Pollinator Collaborative and National Wildlife Federation (NWF) , is working to increase habitat for monarchs and other pollinators by providing grants of up to $1,500 for Oklahoma City metro area schools to create monarch gardens.
Public, private and charter K-12 schools in the Oklahoma City metro area are eligible to apply. This includes schools in the...
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Monday, December 3, 2018
Vacation with Monarch Butterflies in Mexico!
Escape the chill for a 5-day/4-night deluxe excursion to Central Mexico from February 7 – 11, 2019 where you’ll witness millions of monarch butterflies at three of Mexico’s largest butterfly Sanctuaries!
Join members of the OKC Zoo conservation staff for a relaxing, inspiring and educational vacation that will forever change the way you see butterflies!
The monarch butterfly makes an amazing annual migration...
at Monday, December 3, 2018
Monday, October 1, 2018
The Oklahoma City Zoo is mad for monarch butterflies! Again this year, the OKC Zoo is hosting two family-friendly events, Monarch Madness 5K/Fun Run and Monarch Festival, in its effort to raise awareness about and funds for monarch butterfly conservation. Presented by Bob Moore Subaru, the second annual Monarch Madness 5K/Fun Run on Saturday, October 6, will benefit local monarch butterfly conservation. Monarch butterflies are in peril as their population is estimated to have declined up to 80...
at Monday, October 1, 2018
Friday, September 21, 2018
As part of the Oklahoma City Zoo's commitment to conserving monarch butterflies, the Zoo's education team will be hosting monarch butterfly tagging daily from September 24-October 6, from 1-3 p.m., weather permitting at the Zoo's butterfly garden!
There, guests will learn about monarch biology, the importance of tagging, the decrease in monarch populations, what the OKC Zoo is doing to help monarchs, what guests can do to conserve monarchs at home and much more.
at Friday, September 21, 2018
Monday, July 9, 2018
Two monarchs tagged at the Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden last fall were recovered in Mexico! One was a male tagged on Oct 2, 2017 and found on Feb 20, 2018 in El Rosario. The second, a female tagged on Oct 5, 2017, was found on Feb 10, 2018 in Sierra Chincua. The OKC Zoo Education and Horticulture teams dedicated many hours over a three week period last fall to tag 60 total monarchs. The total number of tag recoveries was 928. It’s amazing that two of those were from the OKC Zoo!...
at Monday, July 9, 2018
Sunday, September 17, 2017
Strap on your wings, runners! This year, the Oklahoma City Zoo is hosting a fun race to raise funds for monarch butterfly conservation! The OKC Zoo’s Monarch Madness 5k and 1-mile Fun Run will take place on September 23.
"We’re calling this Monarch Madness partly because the idea of any creature, let alone a butterfly, flying over 2,000 miles just sounds insane,” said Greg Heanue, Zoo senior director of marketing and public relations. “It’s...
at Sunday, September 17, 2017
Thursday, September 7, 2017
The monarchs are coming! Join us on Saturday, September 23, to celebrate the monarch migration, and learn how you can help monarchs and other pollinators.
One of the greatest spectacles of nature occurs in Oklahoma each fall. It’s the migration of millions of monarch butterflies from their summer breeding grounds in the upper United States and Canada to their overwintering grounds in central Mexico. Those who have been fortunate to be momentarily engulfed...
at Thursday, September 7, 2017
Monday, August 28, 2017
Monarch butterflies appear fragile but they are mighty, flying up to 3000 miles during their fall migration from Canada and the upper Midwest of the United States to overwintering grounds in Mexico each year. We know a lot about monarch migration because of a long-term citizen science study run by Monarch Watch, which is based at the University of Kansas. The tagging program provides vital information about migration patterns and how variables like...
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Friday, September 23, 2016
One of North America’s greatest migrations is taking place now and Oklahoma is the place to be to witness it. Monarch butterflies are making their way south to their overwintering grounds in central Mexico. You may have seen some of the early arrivals in the last couple of weeks. The largest numbers of monarchs are expected to move through Oklahoma from September 24 to October 6. During the migration, it’s possible to see a cloud of monarchs pass by or to see a tree branch...
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