Saturday, May 23, 2015

Monarchs on the move: Report your sightings

Citizen science projects wants your data, and gives cool info in return.

Monarchs on the move: Report your sightings

Another southbound migration season is about to begin, and Journey North, the nonprofit citizen science program, wants your help.

They want people to report when and where they see monarch butterflies flying.

That should be easy along the Jersey coast in a few weeks, when you can see dozens -- or hundreds -- an hour floating southward over the dunes or through area gardens. (Tough to count, though.)

Go to the website, http://www.learner.org/jnorth/monarch/,  to learn more about how to get your kids, your students, whomever, involved.

You can also learn cool stuff like how long it takes a monarch to fly from Washington, D.C., to Angangueo, Mexico.

And why they migrate instead of hibernate.

And whether they ever get lost.

Inquirer GreenSpace Columnist
About this blog

GreenSpace is about environmental issues and green living. Bauers also writes a biweekly GreenSpace column about environmental health issues for the Inquirer’s Sunday “Health” section.

Sandy Bauers is the environment reporter for the Philadelphia Inquirer, where she has worked for more than 20 years as a reporter and editor. She lives in northern Chester County with her husband, two cats, a large vegetable garden and a flock of pet chickens.

Reach Sandy at sbauers@phillynews.com.

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