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March 2020: Monarchs Remigrate, Leaving Questions in their Wake

The monarchs started a long, staggered departure in mid-February. On Cerro Pelon, part of the colony stuck with their second roosting site above El Llano until the end of the season. Other pioneers flitted about lower altitude locations along the ravine below the meadow. Every sunny day, monarchs streamed down from their perches, turning La …

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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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