Western Monarch Mystery Challenge

Early spring is a critical time in the monarch annual migratory cycle, and understanding where they are going during this period is necessary for conservation. Over the last three years of the Challenge, they have seen a huge increase in early season records, however data on monarch distribution during this period is still limited. With your help, researchers look forward to further expanding these records in 2023!   More information: Western Monarch Mystery Challenge | Conservation Biology Lab | Washington State University (wsu.edu)

Western Monarch Mystery Challenge

The Western Monarch Mystery Challenge is a community science campaign running February 14th through April 22nd 2023, formed by researchers from Washington State University, UC Davis, and the Xerces Society to learn more about monarchs in order to inform urgent conservation efforts. And they’re giving out a $50 REI gift card to one lucky participant per week!

How to participate:

  1. If you see a monarch outside of overwintering groves, take a picture! (Don’t worry, it can be far away and blurry).
  2. Report it through the following options and be sure to include date and location:
    1.  iNaturalist (the app is free)
    2.  Western Monarch Milkweed Mapper OR
    3.  Email it to MonarchMystery@wsu.edu

You’ll be entered to win a prize every week you report a sighting.


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