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Monarch Watch (Last reviewed in the September 17, 1997 edition of the Scout Report)

Monarch Watch is a research program based at the University of Kansas and its goal is to encourage citizen scientists of all ages to help in Monarch conservation efforts. Visitors interested in participating in the conservation efforts will not only find tagging activities, in which more than 100,000 children and adults participate every fall, but also projects that teach about providing food and shelter to Monarchs - mainly planting milkweed and growing butterfly gardens. The "Research Projects" section of the homepage provides links to five scientist/student partnership projects that classrooms can try. The "Monarch Size and Mass" project teaches students how to safely take different types of measurements of live Monarchs, record the data, and send it to the Monarch Watch program. The purpose of the project is to learn what enables some Monarchs to survive their yearly 2,500 mile migration to Mexico, and what prevents some from surviving the migration. Some of the other projects for the classroom include "Tagging Monarchs" and "Larval Monitoring". There is also a Monarch Watch Blog, Forums, an email list as well as links to follow them on Facebook and Twitter.
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Date of Scout Publication 2010-08-27
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