Volunteers needed to study the breeding season movements of monarch butterflies

Grkovich, Alex agrkovich at tmpeng.com
Fri Jan 14 10:47:37 EST 2011

(Non-sarcastic comment here)

There is also a site south of Lake Havasu City, AZ (at the Havasu Springs resort just south of the Bill Williams River along Hwy 95) where I have consistently found overwintering Monarchs (and a few Queens also)...

Recently though, over the past 2 years or so, I have not noticed them there...(?)


From: owner-leps-l at lists.yale.edu [mailto:owner-leps-l at lists.yale.edu] On Behalf Of chris kline
Sent: Friday, January 14, 2011 10:21 AM
To: dflockha at uoguelph.ca
Cc: Butterfly_and_Moth listserve
Subject: Re: Volunteers needed to study the breeding season movements of monarch butterflies

Hi Tyler,

I'm not sure if you have a specific reason for focusing on the eastern population of North American monarchs, but as the founder of the Southwest Monarch Study, I have a slew of data about southwestern (primarily Arizona) monarchs that I would be more than happy to share with you.  As Paul Cherubini pointed out, we have had several monarchs turn up at overwintering sites in Mexico, as well as a few in California.  ALso, thanks to our volunteer taggers, we have a lot of data re: movement within breeding areas and between breeding areas.  Let me know.  THX


Chris Kline
Sugar Grove, Ohio

--- On Thu, 1/13/11, Tyler Flockhart <dflockha at uoguelph.ca> wrote:

From: Tyler Flockhart <dflockha at uoguelph.ca>
Subject: Volunteers needed to study the breeding season movements of monarch butterflies
To: LEPS-L at lists.yale.edu
Date: Thursday, January 13, 2011, 9:47 PM

Dear Butterfly enthusiasts:

My name is Tyler Flockhart, I am a PhD student at the University of Guelph and I study the population dynamics of monarch butterflies. This coming summer I will be studying the movement of monarchs throughout the breeding season at sites across eastern North America and I am soliciting volunteers for two projects.  The first project looks at how monarchs re-colonize the breeding range in the spring while the second looks at movement throughout the entire breeding season and early fall. Information from these projects will be used in population models to determine how monarch populations grow during the breeding season.  Ultimately, this is one of the key pieces of information needed to guide conservation planning for monarchs.  Volunteers would receive sampling instructions, storage envelopes, and datasheets to record their information. Please contact me privately at dflockha at uoguelph.ca<http://us.mc329.mail.yahoo.com/mc/compose?to=dflockha@uoguelph.ca> or 519-265-7833 if you are interesting in volunteering or have further questions about t!
hese projects; I can send you a poster than explains each of the projects and time commitment each one requires. Please feel free to forward this message on to others that might be interested in participating in these research projects.  I look forward to hearing from you.

Best regards,

D. T. Tyler Flockhart
Ph.D. Candidate
Department of Integrative Biology
University of Guelph
Guelph, ON, N1G5K6


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