Monarch Monitoring Training

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Help Monarch Joint Venture

Monarch Joint Venture invites Wild Ones members to join a nationwide initiative to monitor monarch populations and habitat throughout the species’ breeding range. This initiative draws from successful citizen science programs, and prioritizes a random sampling of potential monarch habitat. Wild Ones members have a unique ability to greatly contribute to this effort by participating in habitat surveys and identifying nectar resources on survey sites. 

 At training workshops, you will learn about monarch biology; monarch and milkweed identification; how to survey for nectar resources, milkweed, monarch eggs, larvae and adults; and how to raise monarchs. You can then conduct any of these activities on your monitoring site.

Citizen scientists provide valuable data to monarch conservation through the Integrated Monarch Monitoring Program (IMMP). To learn about how to count monarchs and carefully describe their habitats, please consider attending one of our 2018 training sessions. If these dates don’t work for you, please check back as additional offerings are added to the calendar.

APRIL 28-29: Brunswick, GA. 

MAY 8-9: Des Moines, IA

MAY 15: New Richmond, WI

MAY 19-20: Chicago, IL

JUNE 2-3: Madison, WI (Dane County UW Extension Office)

JUNE 7-8: Stockbridge, GA (Panola Mountain State Park)  
Contact Susan Meyers with questions: smmeyers@gmail.com

JUNE 9-10:  Bloomington, MN (MN Valley National Wildlife Refuge)

JUNE 23-24: Bradner, OH (Bradner Preserve)

July 21-22: New London, WI (Mosquito Hill Nature Center)

Click here to register for a training workshop.

All of the IMMP trainings are two days and cost $50 to attend. The fee covers the training, lunch during the workshop, and a kit of monitoring supplies. Cost: $50 (The fee covers the expense of lunch during the workshop and your very own monitoring kit. Need-based scholarships are available upon request—please contact mjvmonitoring@umn.edu. Space is limited to 30 participants.

Additionally, as we explore interest across the US, it is likely that other workshops will be offered this season. If you would like to attend a training workshop and cannot make it to one of the scheduled trainings, please complete this form to let us know where you are. We will then contact you if there is enough interest in your area and we’re able to schedule one near you.

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