Monarch Watch at Hackberry Flat Center
Celebrate the incredible migration of the monarch butterfly with a visit to the Hackberry Flat Center for an exciting week’s worth of activities during their Monarch Watch.
Held the first week in October, this family-friendly and free event features a short discussion of butterfly basics and tagging in the morning, followed by an evening ride to watch the butterflies come to roost in a stand of soapberry trees. Regardless of weather, both morning and evening activities will be held, but morning tagging may be limited to the number of butterflies nesting at the roost site.
A Wildlife Conservation Passport is not necessary for this activity, but participants are encouraged to call ahead to check the migration progress and bring a collapsible chair and light jacket for comfort.
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.
Nearly 500 monarchs were tagged during the 2016 event, with three of those tags being reported nearly 1,200 miles away at the El Rosario Sanctuary in Michoacán Mexico.