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Monarch Butterfly Watch

by dsitler

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Genesee County Park & Forest is back at it with yet another awesome educational event.

Join the county park for Monarch Watching on Saturday, September 17th from 1:30 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. Learn about the fascinating lives of Monarch Butterflies.  Explore their world and find out what people are doing to help out!

$5/person, $10/family.  Space is limited, pre-registration is required!  Call 585-344-1122!

Five Fun Facts about Monarch Butterflies to prepare you for migrating season:

1. Monarch Butterflies migrate through our region in mid-September.

2. A monarch caterpillar can eat a whole milkweed leaf in under 4 minutes! Monarch caterpillars gain about 2,700 times their weight in 2 weeks.

3. Monarch butterflies smell with their antennae.

4. Monarch butterflies taste with their feet, using special receptors called tarsi.

5. Monarch butterflies ride updrafts of warm air to help complete their 3000 mile migration at the end of each summer. Monarchs have been seen gliding at altitudes as high as 11,000 feet!

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