September marks the beginning of monarch migration season, and Texas is one of the most important waystations for butterflies to rest and refuel.
From September to November each year, more than 500,000 monarch butterflies travel thousands of miles south to warmer climates.
Unfortunately, there may be fewer butterflies filling the skies this year. The International Union for Conservation of Nature recently listed migratory monarch butterflies as endangered, citing habitat loss from climate change, drought, and wildfires as factors in their decline.
Despite this, you may see a few monarchs fluttering around nectar-rich gardens and local parks this fall.
Kleb Woods Preserve and John Paul Landing are great places to find migrating butterflies. The parks feature butterfly-friendly plants, like milkweed, butterfly bush, and lantana, known to attract hungry monarchs. And, with the recent rain, wildflowers may be on the way.
Want to learn more about monarch butterflies? Join staff naturalists for a discussion on migration on Thursday, Sept. 29, from 10 to 11 a.m. and from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. at Kleb Woods Preserve.
John Paul Landing will host A Closer Look at Nature: Pollinators on Wednesday, Oct. 5, from 2 to 3 p.m. and on Saturday, Oct. 8, from 10 to 11 a.m.
For more information, visit Events.
You can help track monarchs here: Journey North.