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Citizen Science

Doing Science and Making a Difference!

What is Citizen Science?

Citizen science involves everyday people - just like you and your students - who volunteer to help scientists with their research. Using Citizen Science in your study of the Monarch butterfly is a meaningful way to involve students in data collection. Students realize that their observations are contributing to real research that is being used to help scientists better understand the behavior, biology and migration of the monarch butterfly.

Citizen Science Programs

  • Journey North: Help scientists learn more about Monarchs. Track the monarch migration each fall and spring. Record your observations on real time migration maps.
  • Monarch Larva Monitoring Project: The Monarch Larva Monitoring Project, MLMP was developed by researchers at the University of Minnesota to collect long-term data on larval monarch populations and milkweed habitat. This citizen science program is run by the Monarch Lab at the University of Minnesota.
  • Monarch Watch – Migration and Tagging: Monarch Watch engages in research on monarch migration biology and monarch population dynamics to better understand how to conserve the monarch migration.

Monarch Tagging Kits are available at the Monarch Watch Store.

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