McKinney Monarch Initiative

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Supporting Pollinators

The City of McKinney is proud to support the monarch butterfly and other pollinators by taking the National Wildlife Federation’s Mayors’ Monarch Pledge.

The populations of these pollinators have declined as cities have grown and our use of native and adapted plants, their food and habitat, has declined.

Join us as we learn more about Monarchs and other pollinators, the plants that support them and help revive their populations.

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monarch tagging 2Help Tag Monarchs in McKinney!

You can be a citizen scientist and help document monarch migration. You tag the butterfly, then record the date, location, gender and tag number for each fall-migrating monarch.

Monarchs are tagged to find out where they came from and where they ended up. Tagging does not harm the butterflies.

Request a Tagging Kit

Residents of McKinney can request a tagging kit. Tagging kits include directions, a datasheet, stickers and a net. Nets must be returned to Environmental Education after tagging season. Tagging kits will be delivered or can be available for pickup. Call 972-547-7335 or email Environmental Education for more information. 

City tagging supplies are limited, but you can also order your own tags from the Monarch Watch shop.

Record Your Data

A spreadsheet is the preferred format for submitting tagging data to Monarch Watch because the data can be compiled more efficiently. Open the spreadsheet, fill it out and save it using Microsoft Excel, Google Sheets, Apple Numbers, WPS Office Spreadsheets, Apache OpenOffice Calc or another spreadsheet application.

Download Tagging Materials from Monarch Watch


Butterfly Events

Visit these partner websites for butterfly events in our area.  

Learn about the incredible Monarch Migration