Fantastic days of sightings on July 9 and July 10.
Big Lake Farm is 80 acres, divided in three sections. The middle was seeded with natural flowers and grasses many years ago; the southern section was poisoned and reseeded two years ago and is now flowering wonderfully, complete with a scattering of milkweed.
The furthest north ten acres was treated and planted this spring. The milkweed roots sent up many hundreds of plants even after the round up, and they are being used heavily by the female monarchs laying eggs.
The monarchs I saw were in all three sections, with the most probably sighted in the middle 15 acres.
I entered 100 for the number sighted, but I am confident that there were HUNDREDS of monarchs there, flying, feeding, laying eggs, mating, resting in shady tree areas.
Truly an amazing place and an amazing number of monarchs for the second generation.
Got an inch and a half of rain a week ago, so we'll see if this year's seeds germinate now to join the milkweed in the north section.
Hopefully there will be more reports later.
Town of Alden, WI
Latitude: 45.3 Longitude: -92.5
Observed by: Pat
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