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Monarch Butterfly Community Science Project Sampler

  • 06 Mar 2021
  • 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Online via Zoom
  • 21


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The monarch butterfly is one of the most recognizable and well studied butterflies on the planet. Famous for their seasonal migration, millions of monarchs migrate from the United States and Canada south to California and Mexico for the winter the future of these iconic creatures is in danger. Western monarchs have declined by more than 99 percent since the 1980s. Eastern monarchs have declined by an estimated 80 percent. (National Geographic)

There are numerous community science projects that volunteers can do to help scientists learn more about and conserve monarch butterflies.  These projects focus on different life stages, times of year, and research questions, and they all have been important for improving understanding of monarch biology and ecology and for giving community members an opportunity for hands-on learning about monarchs.  In this session, we will talk about at least five of these projects (the Monarch Larva Monitoring Project, Journey North, Monarch Watch, Project Monarch Health, and the Integrated Monarch Monitoring Program), what each requires, and how you can be involved with one or all of them!

Michelle Prysby’s passion for both citizen science and monarchs began in the late 1990s, when she launched the Monarch Larva Monitoring Project as part of her Master’s research in ecology at the University of Minnesota.  Now, she is the director of the Virginia Master Naturalist program and an Extension faculty member in the Department of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation at Virginia Tech.  In that role, she manages a statewide network of volunteers engaged in environmental education, community science, and stewardship to benefit natural resources and natural areas in their communities.

Community Science is the collaboration of everyday citizens and trained scientists to advance scientific knowledge. Community scientists can help the scientific community in myriad ways including data collection and data analysis. For scientists who don’t have the time or access to do research the way they want to, citizen scientists are stepping in to fill the gap.
NHSM is committed to supporting ongoing research by serving as a community scientist pipeline.
These presentations are free to attend. You will have the opportunity to donate financially to NHSM during the registration process. Zoom meeting information will be sent upon registration.
The Natural History Society of Maryland is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation and contributions are tax-deductible.

The mission of the Natural History Society of Maryland is to foster stewardship of Maryland’s natural heritage by conserving its natural history collections, educating its citizenry, and inspiring its youth to pursue careers in the natural sciences.

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