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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.

Kankakee Sands Sky
© 2018 Karen A Johnson

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.

Field of yellow
© 2018 Karen A Johnson

But once I just stopped to really look, there they were, monarchs galore.

Kankakee Sands prairie
© 2018 Karen A Johnson

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.

Prairie monarchs sketch
© 2018 Karen A Johnson

p.s.  My husband got an ice cream treat for his patience!