|Monarch waiting to be released to the wild (click to enlarge)|
The Friends of the Monarch Trail held their annual celebration to mark the start of the monarch butterfly migration season on Sunday, August 28. The Monarch Trail is located at the north end of Innovation Park. It circles around the perimeter of the now-complete Echelon Apartment complex. A large crowd of monarch admirers gathered to bid safe travels to the butterflies as they begin their annual 2,500 mile journey to Mexico.
|The tour begins|
Festivities included food, face painting, live music by Ceol Cairde “Music of Friends”, and butterfly life-cycle displays. The main event was a tour guided of the trail by Friends director Barb Agnew. She explained the significance of the County Grounds as a roosting site and stopover for monarchs and described restoration efforts undertaken by the Friends.
|Trail includes interpretive signage|
|Director Agnew leading tour|
|Milwaukee skyline visible from the trail|
|The oak grove|
|Echelon Apartments backdrop the trail|
|New plantings along the west berm section of the trail|
|Stiff goldenrod in full bloom|
|Monarch chrysalis display|