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Our Mission

Our Mission:

  1. To identify and describe the migration and breeding patterns of Monarch Butterflies (Danaus plexippus) in the Western United States.
  2. To monitor and encourage Monarch Butterfly conservation.
  3. To provide a meaningful research project for citizen scientists of all ages.

How do we do this?

  1. We tag Monarch Butterflies during their Fall migration from August through November. We also tag them while they are overwintering to track their movement between sites.
    See how to tag a Monarch.
    Click here
  2. We monitor milkweed populations throughout the West. Why is milkweed important? Click here
  3. We look for habitats that attract Monarch Butterflies.
  4. We actively support the North American Monarch Conservation Plan (NAMCP).
  5. We encourage the development of monarch habitats and Monarch Waystations.
  6. We provide educational programs to raise monarch awareness.

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