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Category: Monarch Lab Research Updates

The Monarch Lab is Migrating

We’re integrating! The Monarch Lab and Monarch Joint Venture have always been close partners, working together from the same location at the University of Minnesota for nearly 10 years. However, the Monarch Joint Venture has recently transitioned to become a standalone nonprofit organization. By continuing to work together  and bringing the strong education initiatives of the Monarch Lab under the wing of the Monarch Joint Venture, we can make sure the great work that the Monarch Lab has done over it’s 25+ year history will continue to inform and enrich the lives of people and educators across North America. Read More »

Winter 2016-2017 MLMP Newsletter Now Available!

The Winter 2016-2017 MLMP Update Newletter is now available online! Check out the newsletter for a monarch poem by George Kittell, called Against All Odds; Winter Monitoring Tips; MLMP Summer 2016 Data update; MLMP Tachinid Fly Discovery Update; MLMP Scenario - How should I keep my monarchs organized?; New Research Uses MLMP Data to Inform Monarch Conservation! Read More »

Monarchs and Permits for Roadside Mowing in Minnesota

A recent study from the U of MN Monarch Lab (Kasten et. al, 2016) shows that roadsides, if managed appropriately, have the potential to be productive breeding habitat for monarchs. Monarchs need milkweed to reproduce and feed on as caterpillars, and development and changing land use has removed a lot of milkweed and native nectar plants from the landscape, especially in agricultural areas. Roadside rights-of-way provide an exciting opportunity for pollinator habitat because they make up a large area of undeveloped land in a rapidly changing landscape. Read More »

Wanted: Unexpected Cycnia Observations

The unexpected cycnia moth (Cycnia inopinatus) is a milkweed dependent moth species. We are interested in documenting observations from throughout its geographic range (Great Plains to the East Coast), so we can learn more about its habitat requirements and where it is located. Volunteer-collected data will be used to model potential habitat throughout the entirety of its range.  Read More »

Citizen Scientists Needed to Study the Changing Milkweed Population

Biologists at the College of William and Mary are seeking volunteers to aid them in studying the genetics of Common Milkweed (Asclepias Syriaca) in order to track and understand how monarchs and other invertebrates will respond to changes in milkweed populations. The study depends on collecting Common Milkweed samples across its native range. This means the study also depends on dedicated citizen scientists willing to collect samples! Here is the letter from Dr. Harmony Dalgleish and Dr. Joshua Puzey calling for volunteers: Read More »

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