Monarch Watch at Hackberry Flat Center
Oct 01, 2019 to Oct 07, 2019

Monarch Watch at Hackberry Flat Center
22468 CR EW 189
Phone: 405-990-4977
Phone: 405-990-4977

Celebrate the incredible migration of the monarch butterfly during Hackberry Flat Center's Monarch Butterfly Watch. 

Held the first week in October, this family-friendly and free event features a short discussion of butterfly basics and tagging during the morning activities. Evening activities includes a tour to watch the butterflies come to roost in a stand of soapberry trees. Children must be at least 8 years old to participate in the evening tour.  Please check on the daily status of the monarch migration on the Friends of Hackberry Flat Facebook page before traveling to event. 

A Wildlife Conservation Passport is not necessary for this event, but participants are encouraged to call ahead to check the migration progress and bring a collapsible chair and light jacket for comfort for the evening activities. 

Hackberry Flat Wildlife Management Area offers over 7,000 acres of wildlife recreational opportunities. This legendary wetland features a vast mosaic of habitats for prairie waterfowl, shorebirds and other wetland-dependent birds. Upland areas of native sunflowers, mesquite stands and cultivated fields have all come together to create a favorite dove-hunting destination in the state. 

500 monarchs were tagged during the 2018 event, with five of those tags being reported nearly 1,200 miles away at two over-wintering sites in Mexico.

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Facility Amenities: ADA Compliant, Handicapped Parking, Restrooms
General Information: Free admission
Highway Corridors (within 5 mi.): US-183
On-site Activities: Hiking, Hunting, Watchable Wildlife
Oct 2, 5, 6, 7: 9am.
Oct 1, 4, 5, 6: 6:30pm.
From the south end of the town of Frederick, continue south on Highway 183 for one mile. Turn east on County Road E183 (also known as Airport Road). Travel 3 miles and then follow the blacktop road after it curves south for 6 miles. Now, watch for two Hackberry Flat Area Signs and then turn at the third sign which is the Hackberry Flat Center sign. Do not depend on GPS.
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