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Sun, Dec. 15

Learn about monarch migration Saturday at Hassayampa Preserve

The public is invited to explore the fascinating journey of migrating monarch butterflies at The Nature Conservancy's Hassayampa River Preserve Saturday.

The event will include sessions from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. for adults and 1 to 2:30 p.m. for students.

Visitors will learn about the monarch's migration patterns and behaviors as they travel through the Southwestern United States each spring and fall, how citizen scientists of all ages can help track and report the migration, and how to build a monarch-friendly habitat in their backyards to help monarchs along their way. They'll also take a walk along the trails to search for monarchs.

Coordinator of the Southwest Monarch Study and Monarch Watch Conservation Specialist Gail Morris will lead both sessions.

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 send an email to to make reservations or for more information. Also, visit the preserve's website at Admission is $5 per person or $3 for conservancy members. Kids 12 and younger and Friends of the Hassayampa members are free. Entry fee includes access to the trails.

The 730-acre Hassayampa River Preserve is located 3 miles southeast of Wickenburg along Highway 60 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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