Assiniboine Park Conservancy

The Assiniboine Park Zoo, in partnership with Monarch Watch, the Monarch Teachers Network, and Nature Conservancy of Canada, will tag and release the zoo’s collection of monarch butterflies from the Shirley Richardson Butterfly Garden on Tuesday, Aug. 26 at 1 p.m. Assiniboine Park day campers will participate in the release. (The event was previously scheduled for Monday, Aug. 25, but had to be postponed due to rain and cold weather.)

Zoo visitors are invited to attend.

• The release will take place at the Shirley Richardson Butterfly Garden.

• The butterflies will be released after a short educational session that starts at 1 p.m.

• In the case of rain, we will move the butterfly release to 1 p.m on Tuesday, Aug. 26. Please check the zoo website or our Facebook page on Monday morning for an update.

This is the fourth year the Assiniboine Park Zoo has done the tag-and-release with the monarchs from the Shirley Richardson Butterfly Garden.

Monarch butterflies undertake an amazing migration each year, traveling south to Mexico for the winter. The tagging program provides valuable information for researchers, allowing them to determine the path of the monarch migration and monitor the insects that successfully complete the journey.

“The timing of the release will allow our monarch butterflies the opportunity to undertake their natural migration,” said Janice Martin, curator, Assiniboine Park Zoo. “It’s also a wonderful opportunity for us to educate children and our visitors about monarch butterflies.”

From late spring to early fall, visitors to the Assiniboine Park Zoo can enter the magical world of butterflies at the Shirley Richardson Butterfly Garden. The seasonal exhibit is stocked each spring with native butterfly species including monarchs and painted ladies. Tropical species are introduced in early summer.