Make a difference in your own backyard and join MonarchWatch!
MonarchWatch is a Citizen Science program which involves volunteers to tag and record Monarch Butterflies. Your contribution will help scientists collect very valuable data to study the population and its migration patterns down to Mexico for the winter season.
Monarch butterflies have many direct threats from weather, to habitat loss and destruction of valuable food sources due to herbicides and agricultural expansion. With that, Monarch Butterfly numbers are steadily in decline.
Your participation in this program will help aide in the conservation efforts of these magnificent pollinators for years to come.
We have wonderful Earth Day news to share about a success from our 2020 Monarch Watch program!
One of the Monarch butterflies tagged at the Zoo made a journey of 2,657 miles, and was recorded in El Rosario, Mexico!
From Zoo Educator Jen Farrell:
"Cass, one of our amazing docents and fellow MonarchWatch volunteers, found that one of her monarchs made the journey all the way from Bridgeport (our Zoo grounds) to El Rosario, Mexico. Congratulations, Cass! Here is a photo of the individual she tagged, and the data sheets to reflect the recovery.
Words are insufficient to describe just how amazing that is, and just how exciting this news is. I feel especially with this year, this is very welcome news."
Stay tuned for information coming this summer on how you can join Monarch Watch 2021!