FREE MONARCH PROGRAM — Every place outside, rural or urban, can become an oasis for monarchs and other pollinators. The monarch butterfly is one of the most recognizable species in North America. They undertake one of the world’s most remarkable migrations, traveling thousands of miles over several generations from Mexico, across the United States, to Canada. Conserving and connecting habitat for monarchs will benefit many other plants and animals, including critical insect and avian pollinators. Area residents are invited to join the Reelfoot National Wildlife Refuge on Aug. 25 at 9 a.m. as officials there look into the world of monarchs with local Master Gardener Gene Cannon. Attendees will get an update on the monarchs’ current location and enjoy an up-close-and-personal look at each life stage of these amazing creatures. The program is free. Participants should meet at the new visitor center near Walnut Log, located at 4343 Highway 157, Union City. Registration is required due to limited space by calling 538-2481.

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