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Forum staff reports, Published August 16 2008

Monarch tagging to be held today

An annual monarch butterfly tagging event will be held today at Glendalough State Park near Battle Lake, Minn.

Visitors can bring their own butterfly nets, or borrow one from the park, and meet at the Prairie Hill Trail parking lot at 10 a.m. Park staff will show visitors how to catch and handle a monarch, determine what sex it is, and properly tag it.

All monarchs will be released after tagging.

In recent years, thousands of monarch butterflies have stopped over at the park during their long migration to Mexico. At least one monarch tagged at Glendalough has been recovered in Mexico each of the last three years.

Glendalough is located 1.5 miles north and 1.8 miles east of Battle Lake. A Minnesota State Park vehicle permit is required and may be purchased at the park.

For information, call the park office at (218) 864-0110.