Citizen ScienceMonarch caterpillar

Citizen Science is the collection of scientific data by individuals who are not professional scientists. They are prepared for their work as citizen scientists by professional biologists from the land management agency. These projects are on-going and consist of a network of volunteers. Citizen Science networks are very important. The citizen science monitoring programs would not be the success it is without the participation of citizen scientists. Without these dedicated volunteers, too few data would be collected to accomplish research objectives. Much of what has been learned about the monarch butterfly and its migration is the result of citizen science projects. (Credit: http://www.fs.fed.us/wildflowers/pollinators/Monarch_Butterfly/citizenscience/index.shtml)

The following are some lists of citizen science projects involving monarch butterflies:

Journey North
http://www.learner.org/jnorth/monarch/index.html
Students and classrooms can help track the monarch butterfly migration each fall and spring as the butterflies travel to and from Mexico. Report your own observations of migrating butterflies to the migration map.

Monarch Butterfly: North America’s Migrating Insect
http://www.fs.fed.us/wildflowers/pollinators/Monarch_Butterfly/citizenscience/index.shtml 

Monarch Lab:  Monarchs in the Classroom
http://www.monarchlab.org/Lab/Research/Topics/Default.aspx
Many aspects of monarch butterfly biology are being explored by scientists, teachers, and students.  To learn more about monarch research, you can choose to search either by research topic or by researcher type.  For a brief introduction to some of the statistics used in monarch research, visit our Basic Stats page.

Monarch Watch
http://www.monarchwatch.org/class/studproj/index.htm
Monarch Watch has several ongoing research projects that rely on student-scientist partnerships. If you decide to participate in any of these projects, please keep in touch and let us know what you find out!