The Monarchs are coming.
On Sept. 21, Quivira National Wildlife Refuge is hosting a Monarch Mania morning, from 9 a.m. to noon at the Environmental Educational Classroom. The classroom is at 1313A NE 140th Ave., or seven miles north of the Refuge’s headquarters.
Activities include catching and tagging the majestic butterflies, crafts and an outdoor Butterfly Pavilion with live butterflies for visitors to view.
Registration is not required. Visitors to the event will be issued insect nets to pursue and capture Monarchs. Quivira staff will tag the butterflies. Each tag is linked with a number that can be followed through a database.
Quivira National Wildlife Refuge is in central Kansas, southeast of Great Bend and west of Hutchinson.
If you are traveling from Wichita, take K-96 west to Hutchinson. At South Hutchinson, continue on K-96 as it follows U.S. 50 west, then splits right and heads north. Take the Fourth Street exit and turn left. Follow this blacktop road 28 miles, then turn right (north) on 140th Road and go one mile north to the refuge headquarters.