Monarch Butterfly Conservation Supported by Record-Breaking North American Community Science Monitoring Blitz
MONTREAL, October 4, 2022 /CNW Telbec/ – The Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC), in partnership with Espace pour la vie, is proud to celebrate and thank volunteers everywhere North America who responded to the call to support monarch conservation efforts between July 29 and August 7, 2022.
For the second year in a row, engagement in the International Monarch Monitoring Blitz drew enthusiastic attendance, surpassing previous years’ rates, with a new record of more than 2,600 participants from 75 states, provinces and territories in North America. This support gave rise to nearly 6,000 observations. As part of the recent listing of the North American migratory monarch butterfly by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) on its red list endangered species, this trinational effort in community science demonstrates the vital importance and value of continental collaboration.
“The results of the International Monarch Monitoring Blitz demonstrate community interest and commitment to supporting conservation efforts for the migratory monarch butterfly population. The increased participation reflects how communities across North America have stepped up their efforts to gather information that will aid conservation and research regarding this now endangered species,” said Alessandro DieniMission Monarque project manager at the Insectarium, one of the five Space for Life museums.
Since the early 1990s, researchers have been actively monitoring overwintering populations in the Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve and other locations around the world. Mexicoas well as in the shrines along the coasts California. Only recently have researchers been able to expand monitoring efforts to better understand summer breeding populations. The annual Monarch Blitz helps support these efforts and would not be possible without countless volunteers active in community science programs across North America.
“At Monarch Joint Venture, we often receive inquiries from the public, wondering how the monarchs are doing throughout the breeding season. We are thrilled to be partners in this tri-national effort to better document the range-wide breeding activity of this iconic species,” said Wendy Calwellexecutive director of Monarch Joint Venture.
Understanding monarch breeding habitat is key to effectively prioritizing and directing conservation action across the continent. The deepening of this knowledge also makes it possible to analyze trends and factors that can lead to fluctuations in summer breeding populations.
To facilitate research on monarch butterfly migration, the Blitz data collected by volunteers has been published in the Trinational Monarch Knowledge Network repository and are accessible to all for viewing and downloading.
For more information on this year’s results, visit monarchblitz.org or follow the #MonarchBlitz on social media. Learn more about the participating programs, below:
Commission for Environmental Cooperation
The Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) was created in 1994 by the governments of the Canada, Mexico and United States through the North American Agreement on Environmental Cooperation, a side environmental agreement to NAFTA. Since 2020, the CEC has been recognized and maintained by the Agreement for Environmental Cooperation, alongside the new Free Trade Agreement of the North America. The CEC brings together a wide range of stakeholders, including the general public, indigenous peoples, young people, non-governmental organizations, academia and the business sector, to seek solutions to protect North America shared environment while supporting sustainable development for the benefit of present and future generations.
space for life
Space for Life includes the Biodôme, the Biosphere, the Insectarium, the Botanical Garden and the Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium. These prestigious municipal institutions form from Canada the largest natural science museum complex. Together, they are launching a bold, creative and urban movement, inspiring us all to rethink the connection between man and nature and to cultivate a new way of life.
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