Volunteer: Monarch Larvae Monitoring and Monarch Watch

To help with this project, contact  Jennifer Ambs  or call (804) 920-1335

About the Monarch Larvae Monitoring Project
The  Monarch Larvae Monitoring Project is a research-based citizen science project through the University of Minnesota.  The UMN collects data in order to understand how and why monarch populations vary in time and space, with a focus on distribution and abundance during the breeding season.  For more information about the Monarch Larvae Monitoring Project, you can visit http://mlmp.org/.  Interested volunteers will monitor the Monarch egg and larvae population within Pocahontas State Park and report that data to the UMN through their online reporting system.  
Anyone interested in participating in this project or those who would like to learn more should complete ALL SECTIONS of the online training . (The online training is eligible for 1 hour CE Credit.) When you have completed the training, create a certificate of completion and email that to [email protected]
Once we receive your certification, you will be given a login name and password for the Pocahontas VMN where you can record findings via online data cards.  Within the MLMP, there are several activities that can be performed, including larval monitoring, Milkweed studies and Milkweed pest monitoring.  All activities EXCEPT for the parasitism activity can be performed.  This project will begin with the newly created Monarch Garden as the first monitoring location. 
Volunteers also have the ability to independently monitor outside of PSP boundaries and report that data separately from the VMN project by registering a personal account.

About the Monarch Watch Project at Pocahontas State Park

The Monarch Watch program is part of research being conducted by the University of Kansas and studies the migration and biology of the Monarch and promotes habitat conservation.  Monarch Watch includes certifying newly planted Monarch habitat(s) within PSP as Monarch Waystation(s).  
Volunteers are trained in Monarch tagging as part of this project. Volunteers are also needed to help plant and maintain new gardens as they are established.  New gardens will also be added as a site for the MLMP program. 
To learn more about Monarch Watch, visit  http://monarchwatch.org/index.html