Community Science Powers New Western Monarch Studies

Western monarch researchers and community scientists have been busy, contributing information vital to understanding the situation facing this imperiled population of America’s most well-known butterfly.

Four new studies on western monarchs were recently published as part of the special issue of Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution titled North American Monarch Butterfly Ecology and Conservation (the online issue has been gradually published since May 2019, and these papers are each available for free). A fifth study on western monarchs is also about to be published—more details below. All of these studies draw, at least in part, on the findings of community science projects like the Western Monarch Milkweed Mapper—which has collected 53,097 records of monarchs and milkweeds in total, including nearly 500 sightings in 2019 alone.

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