The monarchs are starting to migrate south and gather together where they find sufficient food to stock up for the next leg of the journey. Kankakee Sands in Indiana has a prairie that Cindy Crosby recently visited and found hundreds of monarchs feeding. Once I found that out, I looked pleadingly at my husband and he willingly drove out the 84 miles, in the heat on a Sunday afternoon, to look for them. We went to the Bison Viewing area, a small section of the over 8000 acres that comprise this natural preserve. The sky was a beautiful blue with interesting clouds breaking up the color.
After investigating the short trails, I headed over to the field of yellow behind the electric fence where they keep the bison. At first glance, there wasn’t anything to see, no bison either.
But once I just stopped to really look, there they were, monarchs galore.
It was a beautiful sight to see. Orange fluttering wings would come and go among the clumps of yellow stiff goldenrod. They reminded me of dancers and I happily sketched and photographed, completely forgetting how hot and sticky I was. Several people came and went, apparently looking for bison, and finding none, leaving. No one seemed to notice all these butterflies…but it’s a memory I’ll cherish.
p.s. My husband got an ice cream treat for his patience!