Saline Valley Monarch Count

Welcome Volunteers!

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.


IMPORTANT INFORMATION!!!

  • All new volunteers are required to survey with an experienced person prior to surveying on their own. If you are interested in surveying, but have not surveyed before, please reach out to Rachel so she can pair you up with an experienced surveyor: salinemonarchcount@gmail.com

2021 Survey Information & Opportunities

We are seeking volunteers to survey Saline Valley every week beginning in October 2021! Opportunities to survey will run through January 2022. 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 13-December 5th 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!

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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.

Where is the Saline Valley?

The Saline Valley is adjacent to Death Valley National Park in eastern California. For more information click here.

Inland monarch survey site coordinator

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