SciWorks, the Science Center and Environmental Park of Forsyth County, will celebrate the culmination of its "Adopt-a-Butterfly" special event with the release of 100 Monarch Butterflies on Sunday, September 22nd at approximately 2:00 PM.
100 butterflies have been symbolically "adopted" by community members, who will personally release "their" butterfly at the event. Some butterflies were adopted in honor of a birthday or anniversary, one was adopted by a Cub Scout Pack, and several were adopted in memory of loved ones.
Each monarch will be tagged with a unique research number assigned by the "Monarch Watch" research program at the University of Kansas. The person named as the adopter will receive an adoption certificate listing his or her butterfly's number prior to releasing that butterfly. If that butterfly is recovered next year in the overwintering grounds in Mexico (or elsewhere along its migration route) and its number is reported to "Monarch Watch," SciWorks will be able to notify the adopter and provide information about when and where the butterfly was found.
"The decline of butterfly populations has been in the news quite a bit lately," said Paul Kortenaar, Executive Director of SciWorks. "Our butterfly program is an example of "citizen science" in which the science experiment is actually being conducted by SciWorks' visitors and members."
*In case of inclement weather, the release may be delayed until later in the afternoon. For additional information about this or other SciWorks events, please contact Ally McCauley or visit http://www.sciworks.org/. For more information about Monarch migration, tagging, and research, visit http://www.monarchwatch.org/