For the fifth year in a row, the Assiniboine Park Zoo will release a collection of monarch butterflies.
The annual release will happen Wednesday in the Shirley Richardson Butterfly Garden after the group is tagged.
“The tag and release is an important tool in the conservation of monarch butterflies,” said Janice Martin, curator at the Assiniboine Park Zoo.
“This is also a wonderful opportunity for us to educate visitors about the monarch species and give them the opportunity to participate in the unique experience of releasing them.”
Day campers at the zoo will participate in the release after a brief educational session at 1:15 p.m.
The exhibit is stocked each spring with native butterfly species including monarchs and painted ladies. Tropical species are introduced in early summer.