Friday, September 30, 2011

Monarch Migration

At the Audubon Center at Francis Beidler Forest, our Project PROTHO citizen-science project involves observing Prothonotary Warblers (Protonotaria citrea) along the boardwalk in the old-growth forest.  However, those birds have already migrated south for the winter, so we must look elsewhere for a citizen-science opportunity.

Visit Journey North's Monarch Butterfly Migration Tracking Project to help track the monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus) migration each fall and spring as the butterflies travel to and from Mexico. Report your own observations of migrating butterflies to real-time migration maps.

Scientists alone cannot cover the entire migration route for these butterflies.  You can look at the fall migration map and help fill in gaps in observations!  This is a perfect opportunity for families to go outside together and gather data that will help in the conservation of the monarch butterfly.

Image by Mark Musselman

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