Each spring Monarchs make the miraculous journey north from
Mexico. Many migrate as far north as Canada. Oklahoma is very
special, as some Monarchs make this state their summer home.
Monarch eggs, caterpillars in different instars, and chrysalises
will be on display in Oxley’s Monarch Nursery. Viewing will be
available throughout all of July during normal business hours.
Watch for butterflies in our pollinator gardens! Bring a journal
to record you observations.
Tuesday, July 5, 12, 19, and 26 from 8:00-10:00 a.m.
Saturday ,July 9, 16, 23, and Friday, July 29, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Suggested Donation $3 ONCA Members Free
What does a Monarch butterfly eat? What is the life cycle of a
btterfly? What does a Monarch caterpillar look like? Where do
Monarchs live? Come learn answers to these questions as we take
an in–depth look into the life of a Monarch. Participants will
also have the opportunity to become citizen scientists as we
monitor areas of Oxley for Monarch activity. Data
collected will be submited to the Monarch Larva Monitoring
Project. The goal of the project is to help scientists better
understand Monarch populations,use of habitat, and to identify
factors that affect Monarch populations. Registration is
Stations, and Monarch Butterflies Swarm
Oxley Nature Center
40 Monarchs that
were raised from eggs found locally were released on July 29 to
promote the Monarch Initiative of Tulsa, creating habitat for
Monarchs in the Tulsa area. Over 125 people attended the
release, as well as three TV stations!
Oxley Facebook page for more photos from the event.
Here is a
link to the video from channel 6.
The Monarch Initiative of Tulsa
aims to increase the number of Monarch butterflies, whose
population has nose-dived in the past 20 years. It is easy to
do: plant milkweed and nectar plants, provide water and quit
using pesticides and herbicides. Monarchs pass through Oklahoma
every spring on their way north from roosting grounds in Mexico
and every fall when they return from the northern U.S. Go to monarchwatch.org
to learn how to create a certified Monarch Waystation. Your site
could be on an International Registry! Initiative members
include the Oxley Nature Center, Riverfield Country Day School,
Tulsa Botanic Garden, Tulsa Garden Center, Tulsa Audubon
Society, Oklahoma Chapter of the Nature Conservancy, Tulsa Urban
Wilderness Coalition and Tulsa Zoo.
New Trail Maps
for newly updated trail maps for Oxley, including the North
Woods and trail descriptions.