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Monarch butterflies migrate through southern Illinois

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WSIL -- Each year at this time, Monarch butterflies travel thousands of miles from Canada to Mexico to stay warm.

Giant City State Park is preparing for its Journey of the Monarch event -- where you can help track those butterflies.

Butterflies typically start their migration in September with local migration lasting through October. But Jennifer Randolph-Bollinger, Natural Resources Coordinator for Giant City State Park, suggests it may last longer, this year, due to a warm fall.

Staff hope to tag migrating monarch butterflies as part of a study to help boost their population, and you can help at a tagging event this Saturday.

Randolph-Bollinger says, "It's really important for the public to come out and understand the plight that these monarchs are having and take part in programs like these."

Park officials are are encouraging volunteers to come out and help catch butterflies between 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. on Saturday.

According to staff, the roughly 4,000 acre state park offer an abundance of food, making the park a great stopping point for the butterflies.

If you want more information on the Journey of the Monarch or any events at Giant City State Park, you can click here.

The event is free and open to the public. If you want to take part, call (618) 457-4836 to register.

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