John Ball Zoo

Monarch Butterflies

Monarch Day - September 9th, 2017


Join us as we celebrate monarchs in the fall before they take flight for their migration south to Mexico for the winter. Learn about this amazing journey with a public release of tagged Monarchs, crafts and information about how you can help the Monarchs on their journey. Monarch releases will occur on the hour from 11am to 4pm on September 9th. Enter your name for a chance to release a Monarch (entries are collected 15 minutes prior to each release at Central Plaza in the Zoo) or purchase a Monarch to guarantee your chance to release one of these amazing butterflies.

Click to purchase your Monarch Butterfly to Release at John Ball Zoo - Monarchs $6 each.

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Did you release a butterfly at Monarch Day 2017? Tagged monarchs that are recovered along their spring migration North are recoreded and a list is published usually in late spring. To see if your monarch was found by a scientist visit Monarch Watch by clicking here

How You Can Help At Home

Whether it's a stop on their migration route or a summer long home, monarchs need habitat to find food, lay eggs and be a caterpillar. You can help these butterflies by adding milkweed to your gardens or by creating a full butterfly waystation. A waystation has everything butterflies need for their entire life cycle. Milkweed plants play a vital role in the life cycle of a monarch as it is the only plant that eggs will be laid on and that caterpillars will eat! After forming a chrysalis and emerging as a butterfly, they will need nectar producing flowers to feed on until they are able to start the cycle again. To find out more about how you can help visit a Journey North Monarch Butterflies