Monarch Watch

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8 January 2020
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Description

Monarch Watch is a nonprofit education, conservation, and research program based at the University of Kansas that focuses on the monarch butterfly, its habitat, and its spectacular fall migration. Monarch Watch strives to provide the public with information about the biology of monarch butterflies, their spectacular migration, and how to use monarchs to further science education in primary and secondary schools. We engage in research on monarch migration biology and monarch population dynamics to better understand how to conserve the monarch migration. We also promote protection of monarch habitats throughout North America.

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Monarch Watch, Kansas Biological Survey, University of Kansas, 2021 Constant Avenue, Lawrence, KS, 66047, U.S.A. (Accessed through Biodiversity Information Serving Our Nation (BISON), https://bison.usgs.gov, YYYY-MM-DD)

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Keywords

Metadata; Monitoring; insects; lepidoptera; Observation

Contacts

Chip Orley R. Taylor, Jr.
  • Originator
  • Point Of Contact
Founder and Director; Professor
Monarch Watch, Kansas Biological Survey, University of Kansas
2021 Constant Ave
66047 Lawrence
Kansas
US
Jim Lovett
  • Originator
Research Assistant
Monarch Watch, University of Kansas
2021 Constant Avenue
66047 Lawrence
Kansas
US
Elizabeth Sellers
  • Metadata Provider
Technical Information Specialist - Biology
United States Geological Survey (USGS)
12201 Sunrise Valley Drive, Mailstop 302
20192 Reston
Virginia
US
+1 (703) 648 4385

Geographic Coverage

The United States and Canada.

Bounding Coordinates South West [25.61, -109.14], North East [49.92, -68.28]

Taxonomic Coverage

Monarch (Danaus plexippus (Linnaeus, 1758)) butterflies.

Species Danaus plexippus (Monarch butterfly)

Temporal Coverage

Start Date / End Date 1992-08-09 / 1997-12-30

Project Data

No Description available

Title Monarch Watch
Funding Funding for Monarch Watch is primarily provided through private contributions and the sale of promotional and educational items.

The personnel involved in the project:

Orley R. "Chip" Taylor, Jr.
  • Principal Investigator

Sampling Methods

Researchers and citizen scientists submit data associated with monarch tagging activities occurring at numerous locations throughout the eastern United States and Canada.

Study Extent Locations within the United States and Canada.
Quality Control Monarch Watch provides data sheets for controlled submission of data, discards data with incomplete information, and validates tag codes.

Method step description:

  1. See Sampling Description.

Additional Metadata

In 1992, Taylor founded Monarch Watch, an outreach program focused on education, research and conservation relative to monarch butterflies. Since then, Monarch Watch has enlisted the help of volunteers to tag monarchs during the fall migration. This program has produced many new insights into the dynamics of the monarch migration. In 2005 Monarch Watch created the Monarch Waystation program, in recognition that habitats for monarchs are declining at a rate of 6,000 acres a day in the United States. The goal of this program is to inspire the public, schools and others to create habitats for monarch butterflies and to assist Monarch Watch in educating the public about the decline in resources for monarchs, pollinators and all wildlife that share the same habitats.

Purpose Mission Statement: Monarch Watch strives to provide the public with information about the biology of monarch butterflies, their spectacular migration, and how to use monarchs to further science education in primary and secondary schools. We engage in research on monarch migration biology and monarch population dynamics to better understand how to conserve the monarch migration. We also promote protection of monarch habitats throughout North America. Vision Statement: In recognition of the rapid loss of habitats and resources needed by monarch butterflies in the United States, Canada, and Mexico, our vision is the preservation of the monarch migration will require stewardship by the governments and private citizens of all three countries. We all must work together to create, conserve, and protect monarch habitats. Sustaining monarch habitats will have the effect of protecting vital pollinators and other wildlife.
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