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Science Pub: Monarch Monitoring Project
June 11 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pmFree
Walama & Beyond Toxics bring you a hands-on Monarch Butterfly Monitoring training event! We are partnering with the Southern Willamette Forest Collaborative and Forest Service to map and document monarch breeding sites in the western Cascades , and we need your help! In 2018, we surveyed over 500 acres of pinegrass habitat in the Rigdon area for heartleaf milkweed and monarchs with volunteers spending over 95 hours in the field. This effort located 15 monarch breeding sites, expanding our knowledge of monarch habitat availability and use in the region and extending the range heartleaf milkweed, which previously had not been documented this far north.
Our survey areas are rich in plant and pollinator diversity, and because they are off the beaten path they are rarely visited by humans. This is a great opportunity to help us collect data while exploring a habitat type that is unique in the western Cascades. Come ready to receive training in plant and butterfly identification, and backcountry orienteering. Please bring your smartphone to the training. We will be downloading a free app called Avenza to assist you with navigation and data collection in the field.