Migration: Monarch Butterflies and the Great Lakes Flyway

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Migration: Monarch Butterflies and the Great Lakes Flyway

September 2 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Join The Land Conservancy of West Michigan for monarch butterfly migration viewing at the Flower Creek Dunes Nature Preserve!

September is peak monarch migration season for the Lower Peninsula of Michigan. Let’s bid these amazing animals farewell on their 3,000 mile journey to the Oyamel forests of central Mexico! Land Conservancy Events Intern Courtney Allen will guide our exploration of the preserve. 

We will meet in the parking lot at Meinert County Park, 8355 Meinert Park Rd, Montague, MI 49437. Please register to attend!

About the Guide

As a lifelong “nature nerd,” Courtney Allen first became interested in monarch butterflies during her time at Grand Rapids Community College, where she took a zoology class that offered extra credit for rearing caterpillars. Courtney felt a connection to these seasonal migrants as she had recently returned from living abroad in Mexico. She completed two terms as a seasonal intern with Grand Rapids-based Michigan Butterflies, a butterfly farm and citizen science-based monitoring initiative. In 2018, she made the trip to the Oyamel forest of El Rosario Sanctuary, part of the monarch butterfly’s overwintering grounds in Michoacàn, Mexico.


September 2
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm


Flower Creek Dunes Nature Preserve
8501 Meinert Park Road
Montague, MI 49437 United States
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