The Little River Wetlands Project will present their annual Monarch Festival on Sunday, Sept. 10, as part of Fort Wayne’s Be A Tourist In Your Own Hometown.

Taking place at Eagle Marsh Nature Preserve on Engle Road from noon-5 p.m., the Monarch Festival celebrates the annual migration of the beautiful monarch butterflies to Mexico. 

The monarch is the only butterfly known to make a two-way migration as birds do. Unlike other butterflies that can overwinter as larvae, pupae, or even as adults in some species, monarchs cannot survive the cold winters of northern climates. Using environmental cues, the monarchs know when it is time to travel south for the winter. 

Conservation partners will be on site as well as vendors and food trucks to make the afternoon complete.