The Western Monarch Mystery Challenge

Press Release from Washington State University:

Scientists look to public for clues to recover monarch butterflies
February 11, 2021

Researchers created the “Western Monarch Mystery Challenge” to help inform conservation efforts for the plummeting western monarch population.

SANTA CRUZ, Calif.— Migratory western monarch has declined by more than 99% since the 1980’s. The Xerces Society, an international invertebrate conservation nonprofit, reported that the total number counted in 2020 was down to 1,914, a drop by more than 90% from the prior year — a count already below the threshold at which scientists warned the migration may collapse.

To help scientists gain insight into migratory monarchs this spring, researchers are inviting the community to participate in the Western Monarch Mystery Challenge. The challenge was started by a group of researchers from Washington State University, Tufts University, University of California at Santa Cruz and ...more ↓

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This project is designed to help scientists gather information on monarch and milkweed locations throughout the west. This information will be provided to the Western Monarch Milkweed Mapper ( and help guide future monarch conservation efforts. Please join our project and help us learn more about ...more ↓

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