It's monarch migration season!
"I felt like I was in a butterfly house! There were hundreds of monarchs."
FMR ecologist Karen Schik took video of monarchs enjoying blazing star at our Flint Hills Resources restored prairie in Inver Grove Heights. "The video doesn't really do it justice," she said. But it's still a heartening sight.
Each fall, monarchs begin their long journey south to Mexico to overwinter. You'll spot them resting and finding nectar fuel in any of our restored prairies or at native plantings in your neighborhood. And if you're lucky, you might walk into a field of hundreds like Karen did. While monarchs migrate alone, they do roost together for warmth and shelter through chilly evenings or against the wind.
In 2017, we began monitoring for monarch butterflies at the Pine Bend Bluffs restoration at Flint Hills Resources in Inver Grove Heights. You can too! Learn more about how citizen science can help protect these winged critters.