Plants and Pollinators

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.

Monarch Butterfly on Swamp Milkweed   Photo by Jim Hudgins/USFWS

Monarch Butterfly on Swamp Milkweed

Photo by Jim Hudgins/USFWS

Training Required? Yes!

April 17, 2019 from 6 to 8pm

RendeZoo Room at Utah’s Hogle Zoo, 2600 Sunnyside Avenue, Salt Lake City, UT 84108

Commitment Level: Flexible and varies, depending on interest

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