Partnering to conserve the monarch butterfly migration

Understanding the Value of Waystations and Monarch Larva Monitoring Project Sites

Since 2005, Monarch Watch has worked with people around the country to plant monarch habitat through the Monarch Waystation program. To date there are over 7000 registered Monarch Waystations, and this number is growing daily. Waystations provide not only habitat for monarch breeding and migration, but also opportunities for engagement with nature and conservation, and education on monarch biology. Many Monarch Waystations are used by citizen scientists to monitor monarch eggs and caterpillars via the Monarch Larva Monitoring Project (MLMP), yielding an opportunity to quantify monarch use of these habitats. University of Minnesota Monarch Lab researchers have surveyed both Monarch Waystation owners and MLMP volunteers to help quantify monarch habitat variables, habitat management activities, and broader human-use benefits of these sites. They will couple this information with MLMP monitoring data to quantify the contributions that Monarch Waystations make to breeding monarch populations and to the lives of the people who enjoy these sites.

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