Help Count California Monarch Butterflies

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from the Xerces Society

A new web site is launched to support volunteers counting monarchs in California — and new energy is brought to monarch conservation in the United States thanks to a memo from the president.

Knowing how many monarch butterflies there are and where they overwinter is vital information that shapes protection efforts. Monarchs ranging from British Columbia to Arizona migrate primarily to the California coast, where they overwinter in wooded groves scattered from San Diego to Mendocino. The Western Monarch Count is an annual citizen-science project that collects data on the status of these monarchs during the overwintering season. Xerces has launched the Western Monarch Count web site to support this effort and help coordinate the count.

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