Western Great Lakes Bird and Bat Observatory

Monarch Events

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Due to the COVID-19 virus and the need to keep all our supporters healthy, we have cancelled all of our 2020 Monarch events. Please stay safe and well!

Monarchs to Mexico Celebration. August 29! - Cancelled

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Buy plants butterflies love, learn how to raise Monarch butterflies, and tag and release Monarchs at Forest Beach Migratory Preserve in May, June, and August! Details and times are below. All activities are free and open to the public.


Gardening for Monarchs and Other Pollinators
Saturday, May 9
10 a.m.
W.J. Niederkorn Library, 316 W. Grand Ave., Port Washington, WI 53074
Western Great Lakes Bird and Bat Observatory board member Jill Kunsmann has raised and released hundreds of Monarchs from her butterfly nursery. In this talk, she will share how you can fill your yard with butterflies and other pollinators. Learn which plants are butterfly magnets, and the important things to remember when creating a Monarch-friendly habitat in your yard.



.        Plants Pollinators Kate Redmond  
          Photo by Kate Redmond

Forest Beach Migratory Preserve - CANCELLED
Sunday, May 17, 2020, 7:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m
On World Migratory Bird Day, choose from hundreds of native perennials, heirloom annuals, and more. Hear expert presentations on the vital role pollinating insects play. Learn why plants' shapes, sizes, colors, and bloom times are critical for pollinators, and how you can create the perfect habitat for Monarch butterflies.   2020-Native-Plant-Sale-List.pdf

Read about our other World Migratory Bird Day activities!




Learn about the Monarch Gardens on Grand Avenue - CANCELLED
Saturday, May 23
10 a.m. – noon
Port Washington City Hall Monarch Waystation Garden, 100 W. Grand Ave., Port Washington, WI 53074, and W.J. Niederkorn Library Native Gardens, 316 W. Grand Ave., Port Washington, WI
Join Western Great Lakes Bird and Bat Observatory board members and Monarch and native garden enthusiasts Shelly Culea and Jill Kunsmann at City Hall, and meet Library Director Tom Carson and Port Washington Garden Club member, Charlotte Little, at the W.J. Niederkorn Library, for an introduction to the native plant gardens installed at these sites, both of which provide important habitat for Monarch butterflies and other pollinators. Volunteers interested in helping with garden clean-up are more than welcome to join in. Bring garden gloves and a trowel.


Pollinator Tour of Coal Dock Park and Monarch Workshop - CANCELLED
Saturday, July 25
8:30 – 10:30 a.m.
Coal Dock Park, 190 S. Wisconsin St., Port Washington, WI 53074

Monarch and bird experts from the Western Great Lakes Bird and Bat Observatory will lead a workshop and tour through Coal Dock Park in Port Washington, where attendees will learn about habitats that serve not only Monarchs but also a rich diversity of other insects and birds. Participants will learn how to identify and collect Monarch eggs, create a nursery, and raise healthy butterflies.


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Photo by Kate Redmond


Western Great Lakes Bird and Bat Observatory’s Monarch Tag-and-Release Celebration
Saturday, August 29
1 – 3 p.m. Note: tagging will be from 1:45 to 2 p.m.
Forest Beach Migratory Preserve, 4970 Country Club Rd., Port Washington, WI 53074 
Fun for the whole family! Attendees will tag and release Monarchs, take guided tours of Forest Beach Migratory Preserve, and enjoy Monarch-decorated cakes. Most important, participants will become citizen scientists as they help record the tag number, sex, and other information of each butterfly. This data will be submitted to Monarch Watch (monarchwatch.org) at the University of Kansas. Tagging and release will take place at 1:45 p.m.


Be part of the Monarch restoration

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Photo by Eddee Daniel

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Photo: Tagged Monarch butterfly by Brett Billings/USFWS