NATURAL PHENOMENON EVERY YEAR DURING THE SPRING AND FALL HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF MONARCH BUTTERFLIES TRAVEL THOUSANDS OF MILES DURING THEIR MIGRATION TO HELP O WITH THAT MIGRATION INFORMATION CENTERS. THEY’LL PARK IS JOINING THE MONARCH WATCH TAGGING TAGGING PROGRAM, WHICH WAS STARTED IN. TO HELP ATTRACT THE MONARCHS SCISSORTAIL PARK PLANTS SOME OF THE MONARCHS FAVORITES SUCH AS MILKWEED AND CONEFLOWERS. IT’S VERY SIMPLE. WE USE A BUTTERFLY NET AND WE GO OUT TO SOME OF OUR BUTTERFLY CORRIDOR OR SOME OF OUR BUTTERFLY POCKET GARDENS THROUGHOUT THE PARK AND CAPTURE THEM WITH A NET. WE PLACED A LITTLE CODED STICKER ON THE BACK OF THEIR WING. IT DOESN’T HARM THEM AT ALL AND THEN WE RELEASE A PLANTS TELLS ME THE BEST TIME TO CATCH AND TAG THEM HERE IN OKLAHOMA CITY IS USUALLY LATE SEPTEMBER THROUGH THE FIRST WEEK IN OCTOBER, BUT IT’S VERY WEATHER-DEPENDENT. USUALLY RIGHT BEFORE A STRONG COLD FRONT MOVES THROUGH AND SOMETIMES YOU CAN EVEN SEE THEM SHOWING UP ON RADAR AS THAT FRONT DIVE SOUTH. THEY TYPICALLY COME THROUGH OKLAHOMA AT THE END OF SEPTEMBER TO EARLY OCTOBER AND THAT’S USUALLY AND YOU SEE THE GREATEST NUMBERS, BUT THEY CAME THROUGH A LITTLE BIT EARLY THIS YEAR. SO WE STARTED TAGGING EARLY THIS YEAR IF YOU WOULD LIKE MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE MONARCH WATCH TAGGING PROGRAM. YOU CAN VISIT MONARCH WATCH.ORG IN SISTER T

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Scissortail Park studies monarch butterflies by placing tiny tags on their wings

The migration of monarch butterflies is happening now.Scissortail Park is part of tracking this natural phenomenon. The park has been using tiny tags to track the butterflies on their annual migration since the Monarch Watch Tagging program began in 1992. “To help attract the monarchs, Scissortail Park plants some of the monarchs’ favorites, such as milkweed and coneflowers,” said the park’s director of horticulture, Lance Swearengin. Swearengin said the best time to catch and tag the butterflies in Oklahoma City is late September through the first week in October, right before a strong cold front moves through. Sometimes you can see them show up on radar, riding a cold front south.

The migration of monarch butterflies is happening now.

Scissortail Park is part of tracking this natural phenomenon. The park has been using tiny tags to track the butterflies on their annual migration since the Monarch Watch Tagging program began in 1992.

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“To help attract the monarchs, Scissortail Park plants some of the monarchs’ favorites, such as milkweed and coneflowers,” said the park’s director of horticulture, Lance Swearengin.

Swearengin said the best time to catch and tag the butterflies in Oklahoma City is late September through the first week in October, right before a strong cold front moves through. Sometimes you can see them show up on radar, riding a cold front south.

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