It is a citizen science project aiming at gathering data on monarch and milkweed distribution and abundance. This knowledge will allow researchers to identify the monarch’s breeding hotspots and implement efficient conservation actions. Participants find milkweed, look for monarch caterpillars and share their observations with scientists on the Mission Monarch website.
The project is a joint initiative of the Insectarium – Montréal Space for Life and the Institut de recherche en biodiversité végétale. Researchers from the University of Ottawa, the Université du Québec à Rimouski, the University of Calgary and Environment and Climate Change Canada are also involved.