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To escape the cold, Monarch butterflies migrate thousands of miles each year from the Northeastern United States to their wintering grounds in forests high in the mountains of Mexico. A program called "Monarch Watch" at the University of Kansas monitors the annual migration. Monarch Watch involves thousands of students and adults around the United States and Canada, rearing and tagging the butterflies in an effort to learn more about their migratory behavior. At the Vermont Institute of Natural Science (VINS) North Branch Nature Center in Montpelier you can learn more about Vermont's butterfly population, including the Monarch, by visiting their butterfly garden. We visit the butterfly garden at the Center to learn more about what you can plant to attract more butterflies, and we join naturalist Bryan Pfeiffer on a Monarch tagging expedition in Addison County.
- Vermont Institute of Natural Science (VINS)
For a list of what grows in the VINS
North Branch Nature Center, call 802-229-6206