Citizen Science

Monarchs Continue to Arrive, Filling Out the Colony

The Cerro Pelón Chronicles: A Butterflies & Their People Project November 21–27 Migrating monarchs are still in the process of reaching their overwintering sites in Mexico. People in the villages surrounding the Cerro Pelón Sanctuary reported seeing them flying overhead throughout the week. Meanwhile on Cerro Pelón, CEPANAF Ranger Pato Moreno and the Butterflies & Their …

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Colony Formation Continues on Cerro Pelón

The Cerro Pelón Chronicles: A Butterflies & Their People Project November 8–12, 2017 Citizen scientist observations inform much of what we know about monarch butterflies’ annual 3,500-mile migration from Canada to Mexico. But during the monarchs’ five-month-long stay in Mexico, very little information their timing, location and behavior reaches the public. (I talk about some …

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Who Gets to Be a Citizen-Scientist?

Democratizing Monarch Studies to Save the Migration Monarch studies offers a case of participatory ecology par excellence. The confirmation of their annual 3,500-mile migration from Canada to their overwintering sites in the mountains of Mexico drew upon the labor of thousands of volunteers. Starting in the 1950s, “citizen-scientists” all over the US and Canada put …

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