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Citizen science to the rescue
A number of scientific projects seek input from nature lovers that helps to build vital scientific knowledge about monarchs. Here are a few examples of such projects:
The eButterfly website is an international database that allows butterfly enthusiasts to share their observations online. Participants log their sightings after every outing, adding to a better understanding of the distribution and abundance of butterfly species from year to year.
Journey North studies the migrations of various wildlife species in the Northern Hemisphere thanks to the participation of citizen scientists. The organization does valuable work tracking monarch migrations.
The Monarch Larva Monitoring Project (MLMP) is an initiative of the Department of Fisheries, Wildlife and Conservation Biology at the University of Minnesota, in the United States. Like Mission Monarch, MLMP asks citizens to find and record monarch eggs and butterflies in the wild.
Monarch Watch is a nonprofit education, conservation, and research program based at the University of Kansas that focuses on the monarch butterfly, its habitat, and its spectacular fall migration.