Local nonprofit Little River Wetlands Project will hold its 2017 Monarch Festival at its Eagle Marsh preserve, 6801 Engle Road, Fort Wayne on Sunday, September 10, from 1 to 5PM. Everyone is invited to attend this free family-friendly event to learn about, celebrate and nurture monarch butterflies. We have combined many of our Earth Day Fort Wayne event’s with this year’s festival, including a rain barrel silent auction, guest speakers, local nonprofits, farmers market and vendor tent, along with various food trucks.
Visitors can view monarchs from caterpillars to adults while learning about their life cycle and amazing 2,000-mile migration at educational presentations and displays, outdoor learning stations and hands-on activities for all ages. They can also enjoy walking an interpretive trail through spectacular wildflowers to observe these iconic butterflies nectaring or roosting almost close enough to touch.
To help monarchs recover from recent population declines, guests will be given varieties of milkweed, the only plant on which the butterflies lay their eggs, to plant at the preserve or in home gardens. They will also be able to buy native plants to help pollinators including monarchs and other butterflies, bees and birds.
Finally, visitors can learn to tag monarchs to help scientists learn more about their migration to Mexico. Food will be available for purchase, as will items celebrating monarchs and other pollinators. LRWP Director of Preserves and Programs Betsy Yankowiak says, “Get up close and personal with our most majestic butterflies and enjoy this fun fall event!”
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