Temple: Students help tag monarch butterflies

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TEMPLE, Texas (KWTX) Some students from St. Mary's Catholic School in Temple helped local naturalists Tuesday by catching and tagging monarch butterflies.

Tiny tags on the wings of the butterflies help naturalists record their annual migration. (Photo by Alex Cano)

“Hopefully they will garner an interest in nature because that is what it’s all about educating our youth,” Master Naturalist Mary Ann Everett said.

Naturalists in Canada, the U.S. and Mexico tag the monarchs in order to keep a record of the butterflies’ migration patterns.

“It’s really fun because we’ve already caught a couple of butterflies and sometimes it’s just fun to catch butterflies too,” St. Mary’s student Kate Boone said.

The monarchs migrate south from summer breeding grounds in the U.S. and Canada and travel as much as 3,000 miles to reach their winter homes.