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Monarch Tagging Kits for 2009

Friday, July 24th, 2009 at 12:33 pm by Jim Lovett
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Monarch Watch TagOur tags for the 2009 Monarch Watch Tagging Kits arrived this week and we will begin assembling the kits this weekend! Those of you that ordered between January 1st and June 30th of this year should receive your tags within the next ten days or so.

If you haven’t ordered your tagging kits yet, there is still plenty of time before the migration begins – but the tags are going fast. If you would like to participate in monarch tagging this fall, please place your order for tags as soon as possible so that you don’t miss out.

Monarch Watch Tagging Kits are only shipped to areas east of the Rocky Mountains.

As usual, each tagging kit includes a set of specially manufactured monarch butterfly tags (you specify quantity), a datasheet, tagging instructions, and additional monarch / migration information. Standard Tagging Kits for the 2009 season start at only $15 and include your choice of 25, 50, 100, 200, 300, or 500 tags. Sets of 20 Mini Tagging Kits (5 tags each) are available for $40 – for Nature Center programs, etc. that would like to distribute a small number of tags to participants.

Monarch Watch Tagging Kits and other materials (don’t forget to pick up a butterfly net!) are available via the Monarch Watch Shop online at


  1. One Response to “Monarch Tagging Kits for 2009”

  2. By Dr Anthony Crawforth on Jan 4, 2010

    In a leading article in the (London) Daily Telegraph (4 January 2010) titled Heading for extinction…the last 3,200 Tigers. The Monarch Butterfly is listed as number 8 on the endangered species list with the comment that its nemesis is a mixture of climate change and deforestation.

    Is this really so? It has been spreading throughout parts of the world since the middle of the 19th century and has always fluctuated in numbers on the American Continent. Its ability to survive all changes so far has been its ability to disperse.

    Whilst we all need to be conscious of the causes and effects of climate change and deforestation surely listing the Monarch in this way is exploiting it for political purposes.

    I would like to hear views.

    Anthony Crawforth

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