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Helpful “How-To” Scenarios

This section describes scenarios often encountered by volunteers that require more in depth explanation. You'll find help here on how to adjust your monitoring to accommodate for these tricky situations. Check back for more scenarios! 

Defining a Site

Finding a site with milkweed is the first step in participating in the MLMP and often the trickiest for many volunteers, this page provides more details on how to define your site.

Too Many Milkweed Plants to Monitor

This is a classic problem in field monitoring. Fortunately there are several examples of sub-sampling techniques that you can use to shorten your weekly monitoring while still collecting good, useable data.

Multiple Milkweed Species

If you have multiple milkweed species at your MLMP site, you do not have to monitor all of them. This page describes options for determining what is best.

Keeping Your Monarchs Organized

If you’re an avid monarch raiser, you know that it can get complicated caring for numerous individuals and keeping them all straight for your MLMP reports (Activity 3, Estimating Survival). Here are our suggestions for organizing them.

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