30 Ideas: Monarch Ambassadors, Helping to Answer the Questions

Category: 30th Anniversary, Americas, Neotropics news, News

Last updated: November 9th, 2021

In 2021 we are marking 30 years of WLI cooperation by sourcing 30 neat ideas from WLI members. Today we hear from Stone Harbour, USA.

Title: Monarch Ambassadors, Helping to Answer the Questions.

Description: To better answer questions about Cape May County’s specific role in the East Coast migration of Monarch butterflies, the Monarch Monitoring Project trained a group of Monarch Ambassadors at The Wetlands Institute in Stone Harbor, New Jersey, USA. The Monarch Ambassadors measure and tag butterflies with coloured tags. These tags differentiate them from others tagged in the area, in hopes of seeing a trend in habitat use and learn specifics about their migration route to Mexico. While wandering roosting areas for Monarchs to tag, Ambassadors are also fielding questions from curious watchers about the Monarchs’ life cycle, migration, and conservation of their habitat.

Learning and conservation outcomes: Monarch butterflies, other pollinators; migration and life history; habitat conservation

Audience: children, families, seniors

Cost: low

Key themes: pollinators, native plants, backyard habitat, migration habitats

Equipment/resources required:  Monarch tags from www.monarchwatch.org; 6” rulers; data sheets; insect and butterfly nets