Western Monarch Thanksgiving Count
|Presented By||The Xerces Society|
|Goal||Help researchers take census of winter Monarch butterflies.|
|Task||Count monarchs at overwintering sites around Thanksgiving.|
The Western Monarch Thanksgiving Count (WMTC) is a citizen-science project designed to census the size of overwintering monarch colonies. As the name implies, it is conducted over a three-week period around the (American) Thanksgiving holiday in November and December by a large number of volunteers. The project is currently coordinated by Mia Monroe and Emma Pelton with the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation.
|How to Join||
The counting procedure for this project is generally straightforward. Volunteers visit their adopted overwintering site during the early morning while monarchs are non-mobile. They use binoculars to view clusters and estimate the number of monarchs per cluster, then extrapolate that to the remainder of the colony to derive an estimate of colony size. Volunteers can sign up for a specific site on the Western Monarch Count website.
|Project Timing||This project takes place every year for three weeks surrounding the Thanksgiving holiday.|
|Ideal Age Group||College, Graduate students, Adults, Seniors|
|Ideal Frequency||Just once|
|Average Time||An hour or so|
|Spend the Time||outdoors|
|Type of Activity||On a hike|
|Tags||butterflies, butterfly, california, monarch, overwintering site|
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