Saline Valley Monarch Count
We are seeking adventure citizen scientists, avid hikers, and those with wilderness experience to help count monarchs in Saline Valley weekly from October through January.
There have been a few changes this year:
All new volunteers are required to survey with an experienced person prior to surveying on their own.
ALL volunteers are required to complete and submit this form to the Xerces Society.
2020 Survey Information & Opportunities
We are seeking volunteers to survey Saline Valley every week beginning in October 2020! Opportunities to survey will run through January 2021. If you are interested in signing up, please click on "Training" in the menu on the left to learn how!
Western Monarch Thanksgiving Count: The period of November 14-December 6th is one of the most critical times for us to survey, as this data is used to estimate the western monarch population. Please let us know if you may be able to survey during this period! If you can't make it, please help us to spread to word to others that may be interested!
Calendar of Events
Why count monarchs?
Monarch butterflies in the west have declined by 99.4% since the 1980's. Monitoring overwintering monarch populations is one way scientists gain insight into the status of the monarch and how much the population varies from year to year.