The Brookings Oregon Monarch Advocates (BOMA) hosts the first Monarch Festival from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 15, near KidTown in Azalea Park.

There will be events and scientific information to educate the family along with the opportunity to participate in the life-cycle experience of the monarch butterfly, according to a news release from BOMA.

Those attending will be able to view tagging and releasing of live monarch butterflies.

BOMA consists of locals acting as citizen scientists who have come together to help facilitate a safe migration path for the butterflies up and down the northwest coastal communities.

Little is known about the western migration until entomologist Dr. David James along with citizen scientists proved it through tagging, the news release said. Monarchs tagged in Brookings were found hundreds of miles south in their overwintering sites in California.

What started out to be a few monarch enthusiasts has now become BOMA.

BOMA was founded by Vicki Mion, Kitty Demry and Patsy Haggerty with the help of Brookings City Councilor Dennis Triglia. Together they started a crusade to have Brookings become a monarch sanctuary.

In May 2017, Brookings was certified a Monarch City USA following a proclamation issued by the city council. The signs are in place on U.S. 101 at the north and south city limit signs.

Everyone attending the festival will receive a ticket for a chance to win one of several prizes.

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