The Monarch Conservation Science Partnership (MCSP) is a group of scientists and conservation professionals from government, academia and NGOs. They have been working together since 2009 to:
Monarchs have been the focus of a rich array of citizen science and other monitoring programs for decades. Together, these monitoring programs offer a collective portrait of monarch biology and population health and have made significant contributions to monarch science (Ries & Oberhauser, 2015). However, with the dramatic decline of the monarch population in recent years, more monitoring data are needed for two reasons.
The Integrated Monitoring Strategy is a way to address these challenges, and your participation is needed!
The Integrated Monitoring Strategy is a program to monitor key monarch and habitat characteristics using spatially balanced sites across the monarch’s U.S. range. Your results will inform Eastern monarch population habitat targets, help scientists understand the threats monarchs face during the breeding season, and help to create strategies for implementing habitat enhancement. Combined with habitat management records over time, these data could also be used to assess the effectiveness of local conservation projects for monarchs.
The Integrated Monitoring Strategy consists of four activities:
Register for a free training in Minnesota, Michigan or Wisconsin this summer to learn how to monitor! Register
Instructions for monitoring in different land types (protected grasslands, unprotected grasslands, CRP lands, cultivated land, right of way habitats, urban/suburban spaces) are provided.
Your monitoring coordinator will provide a list of priority (public) sites near you. Priority sites are where monitoring is most needed, however, you may also monitor a site of your own choice. You can also choose which activities to do. While doing all activities is encouraged, it is not required!
This is the second year of the project, and your contributions this year will help the MCSP to implement and improve the project in the future.
With help from people like you across the U.S., we will be able to address important gaps in our knowledge about monarchs and their habitat!