Monarch Fall Roost

Date: 09/25/2023

Number: 36

Conservative count to avoid double counting. This count is limited to the woods in the natural storm drainage area running N-S directly behind our house. Trees include black willows and hackberry trees. This count does not include whatever is in north end of woods that extends E-W adjacent to the creek and pond.

The Oklahoma City Water Trust (OCWUT) plans to tear down somewhere between a 20-40' swath through the woods and the entire E-W length of the green belt to install a new sanitary sewer/lift stations.

There is at least one other roost on the OCWUT property at risk from the sanitary sewer replacement project. I will count other roosting areas separately.

The monarchs are not massed on one tree, they are scattered and use the entire woods as a roost. Only spotted 5 on the black willow on the west side of the woods where I've traditionally counted monarchs take off on the morning of peak migration first week of October.

Oklahoma City, OK

Latitude: 35.5 Longitude: -97.6

Observed by: Barbara
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