Foreign exchange student from Arab Communities of Israel holding a butterfly net at a national park in Arizona
Catching butterflies is no simple task, as Zina is about to learn!

Fly on By, Butterfly

I volunteered my time at a national park to help with a scientific study about Monarch Butterflies’ migration. By tagging the butterflies, we can know (when they’re caught) the path that they take to migrate, and keep track of the number of butterflies that migrate from here to Mexico in the winter.

My job was to look for Monarch Butterflies, catch them with my net, and call for someone to help me tag them. However, it wasn’t as easy as it sounds. The butterflies were hard to see and even harder to catch, but it was so much fun that I would do it all over again. I caught two butterflies, one Monarch and one Queen. I tagged one butterfly, and I was so lucky to see a Monarch laying its eggs! I’m so happy I had the opportunity to have this unique experience and to learn about Monarch Butterflies and their migration.

 —Zina (YES, Arab Communities of Israel), hosted by the Hussey family (AZ)