Bon Voyage! Monarch Tagging Event

Event Details

September 7th, 2019, 10:00 AM - 1:30 PM

Goulding West (Orangeville), Ontario
Inventories and Monitoring

Join us for an afternoon full of flowers and butterflies out at our Goulding West property! We partnered with Earth Rangers this spring to restore field habitat by planting a variety of native plants for local pollinators. These new nectar sources will help prepare pollinators, including the endangered monarch butterfly for its long migration south to Mexico! Be a part of this incredible journey by helping us briefly catch and tag monarchs so their travels and survival can be better understood.

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Please email the event contact to join the waiting list.

More Information

About Goulding West (Orangeville)

This 78 acre (32 ha.) property is located just 14 km east of Orangeville and 4 km directly north of the Glen Haffy Conservation Park. It’s made up of a mix of upland forests, streams, wetlands and open meadows, making for a diverse range of habitats that host species such as the snapping turtle, bobolink, white-tailed deer, spring peeper and endangered monarch butterfly.

The Goulding West property was generously donated to the Nature Conservancy of Canada in 1992 by Mr. Robert J. Goulding.

What you will be doing

You will use butterfly nets to temporarily catch monarchs so they can be categorized and tagged as part of the Monarch Watch program. After releasing the butterflies unharmed, we'll learn more about their annual journey south!

Physical activity will include walking over rolling hills and uneven terrain. You may also participate in other citizen science activities such as iNaturalist and the Monarch Larva Monitoring Program.

Why you will love it

Spend some time surrounded by fresh air, friendly nature enthusiasts and butterflies! You will get to learn, up close and personal, about the incredible life cycle of monarchs.


Contact Jenna Siu, Coordinator, Conservation Biology:

Please Note

Since butterflies take cover in the rain, this event will be cancelled if rain is in the forecast.
Additional event details, including directions and parking instructions, will be provided after registration.
Please note that this will be a family-focused event and we encourage participation of children ages 12 and up (along with their parents).
We can accommodate younger children, provided they are accompanied by a parent and are excited to participate in NCC’s monarch tagging citizen science project.

People of all fitness levels can participate
No toilets on site
Carpooling can be arranged
All tools will be provided by NCC
Water and snacks will be provided

This event is generously sponsored by CRH Canada

Earth Rangers

Item Checklist

While we do our best to provide you with the tools you need to participate, please bring the following items if you have them:

  • Closed-toe footwear
  • Long pants
  • Long shirt
  • Layers of clothing
  • Sun hat
  • Rain gear
  • Butterfly net (optional)
  • 1 Litre of water in a reusable bottle
  • Lunch
  • Sunscreen
  • Bug spray
  • Any necessary medications