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Monarch Tagging and Butterfly Inventory

Volunteers at the Great Smoky Mountain Institute at Tremont catch, identify, and tag monarchs and other butterflies.

Monarch Tagging and Butterfly Inventory

Who doesn’t love running around in a sunny field with a butterfly net? Monarchs migrate en masse to Mexico every year for the winter, and we would like to learn more about their migration and population status by tagging them. Tremont volunteers have been tagging monarch butterflies in Cade’s Cove within the Great Smoky Mountains National Park for many years. Participants also catch, identify, and inventory other butterfly and insect species.



Topic – monarch butterfly, lepidoptera, butterfly, insect, migration  

Audience - All ages  

Location - Great Smoky Mountains National Park, TN, USA

Goals - education, migration monitoring, research, inventory, biodiversity



National Park Service

Monarch Watch

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Parent Project:

Monarch Watch



Tiffany Beachy, Citizen Science Coordinator, Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont  email Tiffany


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