Friends of Ottawa NWR spent the summer tagging monarch butterflies here at Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge. Friends staff, interns, volunteers, refuge staff, sponsors, and visitors were able to take part in this cool activity. 107 butterflies were tagged in total, although we raised 111 on site this year. Only two were wild caught and tagged compared to 75 last year.
Special thanks to Deb Tefft of Reno Beach for keeping us stocked with milkweed; Dana Bollin of Oak Harbor for tracking down eggs for us to raise; the Kemley Family of Curtice for bringing in eggs, cats, and milkweed for us to share with the public, and the Hayes Family of Oak Harbor for donating their last 7 tags for us to use!
If you'd like to check it out, our data is listed here: Monarch Tagging Data