Celebrate ‘Monarch Madness’ in Missouri

ST. LOUIS, MO — Each year Monarch butterflies make an amazing journey that takes them through Missouri. The Conservation Department is teaming up with the U.S. Department of Energy And St. Charles County Parks to celebrate this incredible voyage with the Monarch Madness event.

MDC Volunteer naturalist Angel Stahr and Judy Meixner from Missourians for Monarchs-Naturalists & Gardeners say the butterflys make the 3000 mile trip during fall to a specific mountain range in Mexico to roost. Scientists aren`t exactly sure how they navigate so precisely. Unfortunately, their numbers have shown a sharp decline in the last 20 years. Monarch populations have dropped more than 80 percent from historic levels.

Monarch Madness Event
Saturday, Sept. 9
Weldon Spring Interpretive Site
7295 Highway 94 South, St. Charles
Free
10 a.m.-3 p.m.