Many Thanks for Monitoring with Journey North!

September 12, 2023 by Team Journey North

The 2023 Monarch Blitz this summer was a success. Thank you for all of your contributions to this international effort. Fall monarch migration is well underway. In this news update, read more about the Blitz, catch up on the Eastern and Western monarch populations, and learn about an example of how Journey North data is being used in the field with NatureServe.

The 7th International Monarch Monarch Blitz

International cooperation and volunteerism play a crucial role in protecting monarch butterflies. The International Monarch Monitoring Blitz offers a unique opportunity to work together across borders to develop more effective strategies for conservation. For the past three years, Journey North volunteers have contributed their time and expertise, fostering a global community dedicated to safeguarding monarch habitat and monarch migration. We are deeply grateful to all who have contributed to these Blitz events. This year, 1,449 volunteers submitted 3,288 observational reports. We created this visualization to provide an overview of your observational reports. You made the Blitz a success! 

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Eastern Monarch Population

For the Eastern population of monarchs, fall roosts are being reported as far south as 39°- 41°N in the Midwest. Roosts are frequently reported along the Great Lakes; peak migration events are occurring in similar locations. Other peak migration hot spots are along the mid-Atlantic coastal region. Many observers also are reporting on monarch adults, eggs, larvae, and milkweed they are seeing in their areas. Please continue to report all stages of monarchs and milkweed throughout the fall.

Read more in the Eastern Monarch Fall Report #1>>

Western Monarch Population

Gail Morris is back to help us learn about what is happening with the Western monarch population. She notes that monarchs are on their way with higher than anticipated numbers flying this fall. Large numbers of monarch larvae are still being found in fields of northern Utah – a harbinger of more adult monarchs to come. Where are monarchs now? Gail encourages everyone to report their monarch observations to Journey North. 

Read more in the Western Monarch Fall Report #1>>

Journey North Data In Action: Using Monarch Observation Records to Support Federal Land Management

Bruce E. Young, Chief Zoologist and Interim Chief Scientist with NatureServe, shares how data from participatory science projects, like Journey North, have contributed to their work in managing federal lands.

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