Migrating monarchs: SPI Birding, Nature Center and Alligator Sanctuary to host “Hallowings”

Courtesy photo/SPI Birding, Nature Center and Alligator Sanctuary

Thousands of monarch butterflies are currently migrating south down the Texas coast to wintering grounds in central Mexico.

According to South Padre Island Birding, Nature Center and Alligator Sanctuary personnel, coastal nectar plants are in full bloom right now, which is just in time for the butterflies to enjoy as they pass through the area.

In celebration of the fall monarch migration and Halloween, the center will host a “Hallowings” event on Saturday, Oct. 31 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

There will be virtual and in-person opportunities for participants.

From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., there will be self-guided crafts, scavenger hunts and treats.

A “Gardening for Monarchs” virtual Zoom presentation will be held by naturalist educator Javier Gonzalez at 9 a.m.

In the presentation, participants will learn about creating habitat to attract butterflies and pollinators to their yard.

In-person “Guided Butterfly Walks” will be held at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Registration is required for both the gardening presentation and the butterfly walks.

The butterfly walks are limited to 10 participants per walk and masks are required.

To register for the event, visit www.spibirding.com/hallowings.