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  • Monarch Butterfly Field Notes

    Please print this checklist and take it with you in the field. Take notes on the following topics. When you report your monarch sightings to Journey North, please include as much of this information as possible in the "Comments" section of your Field Data Form.

    Date of Sighting 
    Time of Day 
    Wind Direction 
    Wind Speed 
    Sunny or Cloudy? 
    Recent & forecasted weather
    (Briefly describe weather systems in region.)
    Sex of butterfly 
    Condition of Wings
    (Tattered? Faded? Brightly colored?)
    Can you distinguish between a monarch and viceroy butterfly? 
    Activity of Monarch
    (If flying, note direction. If nectaring, note flower.)
    Flowers blooming at the time?
    (Include flowering trees.)
    Height of milkweed? (Species, if known.) 
    Milkweed inspected for eggs & larvae?
    Present or absent?
    Quantify your sightings
    How many monarchs have you seen at one time? Per hour? Per day? etc.
    How frequently & regularly
    have you been watching for monarchs?
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