How to Become a Monarch Butterfly Citizen Scientist

Monarch Butterfly Citizen Scientist

When you learn to Tag monarch butterflies and to test them for O.e., you become a Monarch Butterfly Citizen Scientist.
Researchers from Project Monarch Health and Monarch Watch depend upon citizens to tag and test monarchs to provide the data from the field that they need to understand the status of the monarch butterfly population health and migration. Data from tagging provides information for the Cal State University San Luis Obispo researchers to understand migration of monarchs. O.e. parasite testing provides Project Monarch Health at the University of Georgia, Odum School of Ecology the data they need to promote proper milkweed planting across the US.

WATCH Susie’s Demonstration Video for Testing for O.e. and Tagging a Monarch:

TAGGING through Cal Poly San Luis Obispo
Go to:
1. Read instructions from Monarch Alert.
2. Watch instructional videos
3. Take Assessment
4. Request tags
5. Submit data

O.e. TESTING through University of Georgia
MONARCH Health program:
1. Email and request Research Kit:

2. Watch video at
More info at

If you have questions:
Tagging Contact: Dr. Francis Villablanca
Testing for O.e. Contact:
Locally: Susie Vanderlip

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