The Monarch Larva Monitoring Project (MLMP) plays a large role in gathering of data to address important monarch conservation questions, however there are challenges to staying current in these technological times. The Monarch Lab is receiving funding to support developer needs for the MLMP website and Monarch SOS mobile application. Over the past several years, the Monarch Lab has been collaboratively working with other MJV partners on a mobile app to aid citizen scientists in collecting and then submitting data that will link to existing monarch citizen science programs to ensure these programs are accessible and attractive to today’s society. The data that will result from the continued development of the app and improvement of the MLMP data reporting website are important in continuing to address data gaps outlined in the Monarch Conservation Implementation Plan.
The Monarch Joint Venture (MJV) is a partnership of federal and state agencies, non-governmental organizations, and academic programs that are working together to support and coordinate efforts to protect the monarch migration across the lower 48 United States.