Monarchs before dawn!

Catching, tagging and releasing Monarch butterflies at St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge with Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission biologist David Cook is one of our favorite fall activities. We see so many cool things at the refuge during our 4 to 5 hour morning tagging sessions. Monarchs, birds, snakes, clouds of dragonflies, sharks (yes, for real!) and much more. Yesterday’s session was exciting because we found several clusters of Monarchs in the dark using our flashlights. I’ve seen this before of course, but it’s still super cool. A few of the other volunteers posed for pictures with one cluster that was low and right next to the trail. For more of my 2017 Monarch tagging pictures visit this Flickr Album.



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