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Southwest Monarch Study

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Presented By Southwest Monarch Study, a Citizen Science Study
Goal Learn about monarch butterfly migration & breeding in the SW USA
Task Monitor monarch breeding habitats; tag monarchs in Fall

The Southwest Monarch Study is a Citizen-Science program dedicated to monarch butterfly research and conservation in the Southwest United States including Arizona, New Mexico, Nevada, Utah, western Colorado and the California deserts. We provide training to help citizen scientists tag monarchs on their migration and to grow and monitor monarch habitats.

How to Join Click the "Request to join" button on this page to instantly notify the project leader of your interest!

Anyone can participate in the Southwest Monarch Study. Report sightings of adult monarchs (, eggs, caterpillars ( and larvae to our FB page or via email: Learn to tag monarchs in the late summer and fall or join a tagging trip ( for monarchs during the winter to help monitor their movements in the southern deserts. Help spread the word about the need to grow more monarch habitats in the southwest:

Project Timing Monitoring and tagging when monarchs are present in a location. This can vary by location.
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Ideal Age Group Elementary school (6 - 10 years), Middle school (11 - 13 years), High school (14 - 17 years), College, Graduate students, Adults, Families
Ideal Frequency Per week
Average Time An hour or so
Spend the Time outdoors
Type of Activity On a hike, On a walk, run, At school, At home, At a science center, zoo or aquarium
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Tags monarch butterflies, monarch caterpillars, southwest monarch study, tagging monarchs
Project Updated 05/30/2017