September is a great month to learn more about Monarch Butterflies in Missouri, as that’s when these fascinating and beneficial insects migrate through Show-Me State on their way to their wintering grounds in the central Mexico.
People can learn more about monarch butterflies on September 14 in the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) free virtual program “Insects: Monarch Magic”. This online program will run from 6 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. and is recommended for all ages. It is organized by staff at the MDC’s Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center in Joplin. People can register for this program at
The importance of having monarch butterflies is much more than seeing pretty butterflies in flower gardens. Studies have shown that the financial benefits to American citizens from the pollination activities of butterflies and other insects can be measured in the billions of dollars.
Equally impressive, but far more mysterious, are the annual fall migrations of monarchs to central Mexico. No monarch makes the trip more than once (butterflies live about a year). MDC naturalist Jessie Ballard will discuss theories on the monarch’s annual migration and also provide advice on plants that will provide a good habitat for these colorful butterflies during their time in Missouri.
Although this program is free, registration is required. To participate, use the link above. Registrants must provide an email so that a link to the program can be sent to them. This program will include a chat-based question-and-answer period where participants can interact with the presenters.
Those enrolled in the program should note that they now have the option of linking their children’s accounts to theirs, which will streamline the process of enrolling in the program. Once a group account is created, parents will be able to register their children for an event without having to sign out or sign in for each person. This allows parents to register an entire family or select family members for an event at the same time.
Staff at MDC facilities across the state run virtual and in-person programs. A list of these programs is available at mdc.mo.gov/events.