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Monarch Larva Monitoring Project
The Monarch Larva Monitoring Project (MLMP) is a citizen science project involving volunteers from across the United States and Canada in monarch research. It was developed by researchers at the University of Minnesota to collect long-term data on larval monarch populations and milkweed habitat.
The overarching goal of the project is to better understand how and why monarch populations vary in time and space, with a focus on monarch distribution and abundance during the breeding season in North America.
This project should not be confused with Project MonarchHealth.
- PRINCIPAL SCIENTIST: Karen Oberhauser
- SCIENTIST AFFILIATION: University of Minnesota, Monarch Butterfly Sanctuary Foundation
- DATES: Ongoing
- LOCATION: - U.S. and Canada
- PROJECT TYPE: Fieldwork
- COST: $20-$50
- GRADE LEVEL: All Ages
- TIME COMMITMENT: Variable
- HOW TO JOIN:
Start by creating an account on the Monarch Larva Monitoring Project Web site. There are two primary ways to get involved: 1) Sign-Up to monitor a patch of milkweed weekly, or 2) Submit occasional Anecdotal Observations.