McLean Nature Preserve welcomes butterflies and baby animals

Butterflies return and baby animals are born as we transition from spring to summer.

Earlier this month, McLean Nature Preserve trail cameras recorded the first fawn of the season at the reserve. The cameras also recorded baby raccoons and cottontail rabbits.

The butterflies arrived with the first monarch sighted on June 7. Viceroys, yellow swallowtails and skippers are also active in flower meadows. Milkweeds have emerged, some with flower buds, so monarch caterpillars will soon be spotted.

The public is invited to take a walk in the meadows at 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 19 to admire the wildflowers and butterflies. Sunshine and fresh air always make good medicine.

This event is co-sponsored by Saginaw Basin Land Conservancy and is free and open to the public. McLean Nature Preserve is located at 2199 N. Flajole Road, Rhodes (about a quarter mile north of Erickson Road) in northwest Bay County. For directions or more information, call Jim or Shirley McLean at 989-631-3067 in Midland. On the day of the program, they can be reached at 989-698-6239.

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