Volunteer to monitor monarch butterflies and their habitats

Learn how to monitor monarch butterflies and their habitat in Michigan by attending a free, two-day training session in Lansing on June 10-11, 2017.

Learn how to monitor monarch butterflies in Michigan with a free, two-day training session in Lansing on June 10-11, 2017.

Learn how to monitor monarch butterflies in Michigan with a free, two-day training session in Lansing on June 10-11, 2017.

Monarchs, the large, colorful butterfly with an amazing annual migration, have gone through a significant population decline during the last 20 years. A number of factors may be involved, and to better understand the situation and how it might be addressed, it is very important to collect information on the monarch’s distribution and habitats. The Monarch Conservation Science Partnership is looking for the help of volunteer citizen scientists, like you, to collect this information.

Volunteer activities include visiting a selected monitoring site once a month during the growing season (2-4 hours per visit), collecting data on adult and larval monarchs and habitat conditions, testing new field monitoring techniques and providing feedback to program organizers. Participation in this national monitoring effort will help stakeholders across North America conserve the iconic monarch butterfly.

You can read more about the monarch butterfly monitoring program at Monarch Conservation Science Partnership Integrated Monitoring Strategy. The Michigan training will be at the Fenner Nature Center in Lansing on June 10-11, 2017. The free training runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day and you must attend both days to participate in the program. Register for the training online.

Questions? Email Laura Lukens at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or Kyle Kasten at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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