For live links, click to: riverhouses.org/2019-monarchs
Friday is our usual Natural History Day in the River Houses and today we’re happy to announce that all this coming week from 27 July (tomorrow!) to 4 August (next Sunday) is the International Monarch Monitoring Blitz!
Monarch butterflies (Danaus plexippus) are a migratory species that winters in Mexico and breeds across the United States and southern Canada. Scientists are monitoring the distribution and abundance of Monarchs in North America, and you and your homeschool students can help!
The Monarch Larva Monitoring Project of the University of Minnesota, along with a number of other scientific organizations, is sponsoring the 2019 International Monarch Monitoring Blitz from 27 July – 4 August 2019. You can find all the instructions for participating right here:
What you’ll be doing is looking for Monarchs in your neighborhood in different life stages — eggs, caterpillars, chrysalises, and flying adults — and reporting the location and number of individuals that you see, along with details of the plants that they are on. Check the page above for exactly how to make your report — depending on whether you’re in the eastern or western U.S., or Canada or Mexico, there are different websites to use.
All the records that are submitted will be combined and analyzed to help researchers understand Monarch distribution and migration across North America, and how Monarch conservation efforts should be best directed. You’ll not only be learning a bit of butterfly biology for yourselves, you’ll also be helping scientists in three countries to better understand the whole Monarch life cycle.
What natural discoveries have you made in your homeschool lately? 😊
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