Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Monarch migration celebration on Milwaukee County Grounds

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.
Mke Regional Medical Center backdrop to Monarch Trail
Restoration includes many new seedlings
Trail includes interpretive signage
Director Agnew leading tour
Milwaukee skyline visible from the trail
The oak grove
Echelon Apartments backdrop the trail

Monarch caterpillars on milkweed
New plantings along the west berm section of the trail
Stiff goldenrod in full bloom

Monarch chrysalis display

To see more photos of the County Grounds go to my Flickr album.
For more information about the Friends of the Monarch Trail visit


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