SEARSPORT — Friends of Sears Island will host three free programs on monarch butterflies with Serena Cole 3-5 p.m. Sept. 11 and 2-4 p.m. Sept. 18 (adults) and 4-5:30 p.m. Sept. 12 (kids 6-12).
Advance registration will be required for each of these three programs this year. Because space is limited, please sign up for one of these events. Please register online at friendsofsearsisland.org.
During these programs, Cole will teach program attendees about monarch life cycles, habitat, migration patterns, and will lead a hike to the milkweed field on Sears Island, a certified Monarch Waystation. At the field, participants will have the opportunity to look for butterflies and carefully net and assist with tagging them as part of the Monarch Watch program, which tracks the annual butterfly migration. Please note that seeing and catching monarchs cannot be guaranteed.
We are also looking for a few volunteers to continue tagging monarchs on Sears Island for several weeks during peak monarch migration. Those who attend one of these programs will be considered trained and can request sticker tags and a data sheet. Please note, tag quantities are limited and will be distributed on a first come, first served basis to willing volunteers.
Serena Cole has been a biology and environmental educator for 30 years. She has led student science groups to Costa Rica and been involved with citizen science projects at Schoodic Point Educational Research Center.
Sears Island is on Sears Island Road off Route 1 just east of Searsport. Registered participants should park along the causeway at the end of the road and meet at the island gate. Bring water and a snack and dress for walking through woods and fields. Please leave your pets at home. In the event of rain, the programs will be rescheduled.