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Learn ways to help save monarchs March 24

Courtesy photo<br>Monarch populations have decreased across North America.

Courtesy photo<br>Monarch populations have decreased across North America.

The public can explore the fascinating journey of migrating monarch butterflies at The Nature Conservancy 's Hassayampa River Preserve on Saturday, March 24.

Two sessions are scheduled: 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. for adults and 1 to 2:30 p.m. for students.

Participants will learn about the monarch's migration patterns and behaviors as they travel through the Southwestern United States each spring, how citizen scientists of all ages can help track and report the migration, and how to build a monarch-friendly habitat in your backyard to help them along their way.

Coordinator of the Southwest Monarch Study and monarch conservation specialist Gail Morris will lead both classes.

"Monarch populations have decreased and their migration is endangered because of vanishing habitats across North America," Morris said. "Simple things like planting milkweed rest stops can help save the migration."

Participants are encouraged to wear comfortable, close-toed shoes and hats and bring water. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Space is limited and reservations are required. Call 928-684-2772 or email bmccollum@tnc.org to make reservations or for more information. Also, visit the preserve's website at nature.org/Hassayampa. The preserve is open to the general public from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays.

Admission is $5 per person or $3 for Conservancy members. Kids 12 and younger and Friends of the Hassayampa members get in free. Entry fee includes access to the trails before and after the event.

The 730-acre Hassayampa River Preserve is located along Highway 60 three miles southeast of Wickenburg at milepost 114. It was created in 1987 to protect a rare desert cottonwood/willow streamside habitat that attracts more than 280 species of birds annually and supports diverse plant and animal communities.

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