The monarch butterfly is known for its incredible migration story, in some cases these butterflies travel 3,000 miles between Canada and Mexico. But, this iconic butterfly is in trouble. Monarch butterfly populations are in significant decline and we know very little about them. In the winter of 2017-2018, butterflies west of the Rockies declined by 99.4% from their population high point.

Unfortunately, basic information on population trends of many insect species is sparse. Future data collection will need to rely heavily on volunteers and community scientists to gather the volume of data needed to develop conservation actions. In 2019, we will collect data about butterflies, caterpillars, eggs, and their food, the milkweed plant.

In summer 2019 we will be rolling out a new Community Science Project mapping plants and pollinators such as Monarch Butterflies.

Our Partners:

Monarch Butterfly on Swamp Milkweed  Photo by Jim Hudgins/USFWS

Monarch Butterfly on Swamp Milkweed

Photo by Jim Hudgins/USFWS

Training Required? Yes!

Our 2019 training has past. Learn more about how you can still get involved by clicking ‘sign up here' link below.

Commitment Level: Flexible and varies, depending on interest

Requirements: Field work, walking, access to a smart phone or tablet