The Monarch Joint Venture is seeking student and faculty volunteers to take part in a growing citizen science-based monarch butterfly monitoring project taking place across Minnesota.
The Monarch Conservation Science Partnership (MCSP) is designed to collect comprehensive data on monarch populations, habitat distribution, and habitat health across the species' migratory range. The MCSP will help conservation professionals develop locally-appropriate monarch conservation efforts, and is a critical first step in a nationwide push by conservation agencies, academics, and nonprofit organizations to protect the species from extinction.
Volunteers will adopt a site where they will monitor monarch activity, identify plant species, and conduct plant abundance surveys. The time requirements of this project are flexible and will accommodate a participant's work schedule. This is a great opportunity for students to receive career-relevant training and fieldwork experience while simultaneously providing meaningful data for monarch conservation.
Participants must attend the two-day training workshop that will be held at the Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge in Bloomington on Saturday, July 29, and Sunday, July 30. Sign up for the training workshop here.
More information on the MCSP can be found here.