New Monarch Watch Citizen Scientist Project

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Citizen Scientists Project

Monarch Watch is seeking the immediate assistance of hundreds of monarch enthusiasts (citizen scientists) in collecting observations of monarchs in their area during the spring and fall. This project is an attempt to assemble quantitative data on monarch numbers at critical times during the breeding season. The data from these observations will be used to assess their value in predicting trends in the population.

The cool thing about being a citizen scientist, is that we do not have to be experts in the subject matter. Wikipedia defines citizen science as, “scientific research conducted, in whole or in part, by amateur (or nonprofessional) scientists. Citizen science is sometimes described as “public participation in scientific research,” participatory monitoring and participatory action research.” 

Read more about how you can help Monarch Watch collect data.

Plant a Native Plant Butterfly Habitat Garden

Butterfly gardeners show they care deeply about the environment and their connection to nature. While providing food and shelter for monarchs and other pollinators, they also help to conserve native plants, reduce habitat fragmentation and increase biodiversity in their landscapes. Healthy ecosystems directly affect the quality of our food, water and air, and what could be more important than that? It makes sense for us to observe monarch butterflies in our habitat gardens and report it to Monarch Watch. 

Learn how to plant a native plant butterfly habitat garden.

Wild Ones is partners with Monarch Watch’s Bring Back the Monarchs program and with Monarch Joint Venture.  Read more….


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