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Category: Monarch Butterflies

Growing Knowledge: OKC Zoo’s First Botanical Garden Research Study Underway

The OKC Zoo’s butterfly and pollinator habitat is in bloom and teeming with life this month as caterpillars munch away on host plants and butterflies stop by for a quick drink of nectar. June is a great month to enjoy our gardens as many early summer blooming perennials, like milkweed, are in full bloom and attracting countless beneficial insects. The butterfly garden and pollinator habitat is the scene of a very important research project from the Oklahoma County Conservation... Read More
at Friday, June 7, 2019
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Boeing Pollinator Project Takes Flight with OKC Zoo Poo Partnership

The Oklahoma Zoo and Botanical Garden recently partnered with Boeing to help an employee-led pollinator project take flight. The Zoo supplied five cubic yards (about the amount that fills a pick-up truck’s bed) of its new premium compost, OKC Zoo Poo , to Boeing for use in the new pollinator garden on the company’s southeast Oklahoma City campus. The compost super charges the soil, improves drainage and provides extra nutrients to help plants grow and take root. The purpose... Read More
at Thursday, April 25, 2019
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Grant to Plant: OKC Metro Area Schools Eligible for Monarch Garden Grant

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... Read More
at Wednesday, March 20, 2019
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Vacation with the Monarch Butterflies in Mexico

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... Read More
at Monday, December 3, 2018
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Monarch Madness Takes Flight at OKC Zoo

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... Read More
at Monday, October 1, 2018
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Tag You're It! Help OKC Zoo Staff Tag Monarch Butterflies for Science

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.  ... Read More
at Friday, September 21, 2018
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Butterflies Tagged at OKC Zoo Discovered in Mexico

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!... Read More
at Monday, July 9, 2018
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OKC Zoo Curator to Lead First Monarch Meetup

The Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Gardens is partnering with Okies for Monarchs to present Monarch Meetup , a community education event, on Tuesday, March 13 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Hideaway Pizza in Norman . Dr. Rebecca Snyder, OKC Zoo Curator and Oklahoma Monarch & Pollinator Collaborative member, will provide information about the critical role pollinators play in maintaining healthy ecosystems and explain how all Oklahomans can join the statewide effort to increase habitat for... Read More
at Tuesday, March 6, 2018
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Runners, Take Flight! Fight the Monarch’s Plight!

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... Read More
at Sunday, September 17, 2017
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The Magnificent, Magical, Monarch Festival

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... Read More
at Thursday, September 7, 2017
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The Mighty Monarch Migration

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... Read More
at Monday, August 28, 2017
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Dedication to Nature's Winged Wonders

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... Read More
at Friday, September 23, 2016
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