St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge hosts 26th Annual Monarch Butterfly Festival Sat. Oct. 28!
North Florida residents and visitors can experience the magic of the monarch butterfly migration at the St. Marks NWR’s 26th Annual Monarch Butterfly Festival on Saturday, October 28, 2017 from 10 am – 4 pm.
The festival is timed for the arrival of migrating monarch butterflies, making their 2,000 mile trip from the northern American boundary to the mountains of central Mexico. This amazing phenomenon passes through the Gulf coast of Florida beginning about the third week in October, and may be observed along the coast at the St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge.
Unlike other animal migrations, each monarch butterfly is on its own. There is no parent to follow. Its annual journey is a complex, inherited behavior pattern, not a learned process. Volunteers have been tagging the St. Marks monarchs for many years, hoping a few would complete the trip to Mexico. Visitors will be able to watch the tagging process at the Monarch Butterfly Festival on Saturday, October 28, 2017, from 10 am – 4 pm. The event includes monarch butterfly researchers and other exhibitors, food vendors including Bradley’s sausage dogs, wagon tours, music and much more!
Observe the miracle of migrating monarch butterflies in person. Everything is open to the public as space allows. There is no cost for any of the tours or programs; only the regular entrance fee of $5/car into the refuge. Please leave your pets at home. For more information about the monarch festival, please call 850/925-6121.
For more information, call 850-925-6121 or go to https://www.fws.gov/refuge/st_marks/.