A COMMUNITY SCIENCE
PROJECT

TRACKING THE SPREAD OF DISEASE IN 

MONARCHS

About Project Monarch Health

 

Monarch Health is a community 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 community members and scientists.

Backyard Ecology Podcast


Dr. Altizer and Kade Donaldson, Co-Directors of Project Monarch Health, were guests recently on Backyard Ecology, a podcast hosted by wildlife biologist Shannon Trimboli. The talk centers mainly around monarch parasites, conservation, and other closely-related topics. "Monarch Butterflies and OE (Ophryocystis elektroscirrha)" can be found on their website here.

Request a sampling kit

This project runs every year and kits are available throughout the year, every year. Send 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 data sheet and instructions at the bottom of this page.

Calling all volunteers in the southern US

Participants in the southern coastal US, including Texas, Florida, Louisiana, Georgia, Mississippi, Alabama, and the Carolinas - please report any winter monarch sightings to Journey North!  Check out this news release for more details:   https://gadnr.org/publics-help-needed-reporting-wintering-monarchs

Project Monarch Health runs with your support! Please, consider donating to our program.

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