Butterflies offer citizen science opportunity for even the youngest at Alcona Community Schools.
Butterflies, butterflies, everywhere. Even the youngest Tigers of Alcona Elementary School can contribute to environmental stewardship. Raising, tagging and releasing Monarch Butterflies these first grade students contributed to an international citizen science effort through the Monarch Watch program.
Exploring milk-weed habitats for monarch caterpillar's offered a fun and hands-on experience for students this fall, and watching their caterpillars turn to butterflies offered a first hand exploration in life cycles. The class marked and recorded data on each of their butterflies before releasing them into their schoolyard butterfly garden. The data they collected will help researchers track butterfly populations and migrations of these butterflies as they begin their journey following the Lake Huron coastline south to their wintering grounds in Mexico. A great way for students to consider how local habitats, through their butterflies, are connected to the rest of the world!