Monarch Migrations

Fall migration has begun. As Monarch butterflies are making their journey to Mexico, join a naturalist on Saturday September 3rd at 2pm at Shawnee Prairie Nature Preserve to tag, record data, and release these winged beauties. As part of MonarchWatch, Darke County Parks participate in the research of local monarch populations. During this free afternoon program, learn more about the natural history, conservation status, and citizen science projects that focus on the Monarch butterfly.

For questions about this program or any other program offered by the Darke County Parks, please stop by the nature center, call (937) 548-0165, or email

Did you know?:  During the fall migration, monarchs cover thousands of miles, with a corresponding multi-generational return north