INTRODUCTION, SITE SELECTION, & SETUP
Introduction to the IMMP, program goals, and objectives.
Participants use IMMP mapping tools within the IMMP User Portal to select a high-priority IMMP site or self-chosen monitoring site. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for questions.
Once you've selected a monitoring site, you will determine which type of monitoring plot to set up according to your site characteristics.
Describe the monitoring plot before conducting any activities. Site Description Page 1 is only completed once per year; this record basic information about the plot location and surrounding. Site description Page 2 must be completed on the first and all subsequent visits. The Conservation Management History form must be completed for sites undergoing any conservation management; it records management history and can be added to each year.
Estimated time to conduct: 15 minutes
Required Frequency: Full form on the first visit per year, page 2 on all other visits.
Activity 1 assesses pollinator habitat at a site. Participants count the number of milkweed plants and assess the relative abundance of blooming plants that provide nectar for adult monarchs. Leval A & B apply to sites roughly >0.5 acres or larger and involve collecting data within subplots along transects. The Census survey is applicable to small sites or non-diverse homogenous sites such as a crop field (often, baseline data before restoration). Activities 1 and 2 may be combined if desired.
Estimated time to conduct: 1-4 hours
Recommended Frequency: Monthly
Download: Activity 2 Datasheet
In Activity 2, participants monitor milkweed plants in their monitoring plot for monarch eggs and larvae.
Estimated time to conduct: 1-2 hours
Recommended Frequency: Weekly
Download: Activity 3 Datasheet
Activity 3 documents adult monarch presence and behavior. Participants conduct a Modified Pollard Walk to count the number of adult monarchs present at their monitoring plot and record the behavior of those monarchs.
Estimated time to conduct: 30 minutes
Recommended Frequency: Every other week
Download: Activity 4 Datasheet
Activity 4 is designed to assess local sources and rates of monarch parasitism by collecting monarch larvae that are reared and their fate reported. Important note: public lands often require a scientific collector’s permit to collect live organisms, so this activity cannot be conducted until necessary permits are secured
Estimated time to conduct: 15 - 30 minutes
Recommended Frequency: Daily while larvae are developing
DATA ENTRY & APPENDICES
Participants submit their data electronically via the new IMMP Data Portal. See our IMMP Data Portal User Guide or explore the videos below on setting up a user account, registering a site, and entering data into the portal. Contact us at email@example.com if you have questions.
The appendix includes information regarding program goals and objectives, monarch identification, tips for gaining land access permission, and more. The glossary provides definitions of terms found in these protocols.