About Project Monarch Health


Monarch Health is a citizen science project in which volunteers sample wild monarch butterflies to help track the spread of a protozoan parasite across North America.

Our mission is to understand host -parasite interactions in monarchs and to enhance awareness of monarch biology and conservation through the coupling of citizens and scientists.

Monarch Health Newsletter

2019 was an important year for Project Monarch Health! We received over 9,000 samples from volunteers all over the US and Canada. We've highlighted the trends we saw during 2019 in our annual newsletter.

This project runs every year and kits are available throughout the year, every yearSend an email

to monarchhealth@gmail.com with your mailing address to request a kit!  We welcome new volunteers, especially in areas where the map shows we need more samples.

Check our our new data sheet and the instructional video we made it to help you fill it out.

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14 years of Project Monarch Health

Monarch Health is a program that has been around for 14 years. The program has grown in number of samples and coverage and it is currently seeking to expand its scope by adding queen and soldier butterflies and we hope to get queen and soldier samples every year from volunteers who see them.

Maria Luisa Muller has developed a guide that can help to identify queen, soldiers, and monarchs.

Soldier & Queen Identification guide

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Meet our new team member!

We would like to welcome August Anderson as our most recent recruit to the team! In addition to our 5 undergraduate assistants to the Monarch Health team Jaycee Quinn, Caroline Aikins, Jonathan Schulz, Christopher Brandon, and Kade Donaldson, August Anderson will be scoring our samples, analyzing data, and sending kits. 

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Congrats Anabel Prince!

We'd like to say congratulations to Anabel Prince, who graduated from the University of Georgia on May 2020. Anabel is now working as an IT and freelancing making websites, videos, and graphics. Her work can be seen on her website anabelprince.com

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Project monarch health runs with your support! Please, consider donating to our program.


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