Monarch Butterfly Tagging – submitted by Kent Cheesman

We are tagging the monarch through a program call Monarch Watch which is a nonprofit education, conservation, and research program based at the University of Kansas that focuses on the monarch butterfly, its habitat, and its spectacular fall migration.

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This year our school has raised over 120 Monarch larvae. To date we have tagged and released 92 Monarch butterflies. Many students are intrigued by the program and have been contributing with larva found at home, providing milkweed to feed the larva and providing oranges and flowers for the Monarchs when they emerge from their chrysalis until there are released.

This endeavour has provided many educational pluses as students are very interested in the life cycle of not only the Monarch butterflies but also the many other “critters” they are finding and researching throughout our school yard. It has also been the starting point for many related classroom inquiries and writing activities as well.

Thanks so much for sharing Kent

Kent Cheesman is the Principal of Cookstown Central Public School.

 

Build a wild space for monarchs with your classroom!

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Canadian Wildlife Federation

Here at the Canadian Wildlife Federation, we aim to inspire kids to connect with wildlife and habitat. This is why we are excited to share our new WILD Spaces program with you! This curriculum linked education program is designed to engage and inspire kids (mainly grades four through eight) to create or maintain important wildlife habitat with their classroom or group, and share the process.Our debut theme for the program is monarch butterflies. Their plunging populations need our help and fast. Your students will do just that as you gently guide them through our WILD Spaces for Monarchs program.Through this program, your class or group will use the latest online learning tools to work through our units about the lives of monarch butterflies, then apply their new knowledge to accompanying quizzes and activities.

After they complete the first few units, they’ll be ready to move outside and get their hands dirty creating a beautiful monarch garden (with your help). We will ask students to share pictures and stories about their wild space — to inspire others, contribute to citizen science and show the world they care.

Your students will learn how simple and fun it is to make a difference for wildlife and habitat in Canada. And they will have the chance to win some neat prizes for outstanding participation!

We hope you will consider taking part in the WILD Spaces for Monarchs program with your students.

Please forward this to any educators or youth leaders who might like to participate.

Click here to learn more and sign-up.

http://cwf-fcf.org/en/explore-our-work/education/