Group spearheads effort to save Monarch butterflies
If you’ve recently come across a butterfly with what looks like a sticker on its wing, you aren’t losing your mind. There’s a statewide push right now to save monarch butterflies, using information collected through a tagging research project. Shawn Woods spends her mornings checking on butterflies in her backyard.
They may like it, but they aren’t staying alive very long. Research out of the University of Florida shows since 2005, 80 percent of the state’s monarch butterfly population has been wiped out. Joyce Samsel founded
the Florida Monarch Research and Educational Project.
Ingesting too much during the caterpillar phase can be deadly. That’s why the Florida Monarch Research and Education Project is recruiting citizen scientists like Woods from all over the state. If you do see a butterfly with a tag, it’s recommended you take a picture and try to get the tag number. You can then insert that number on a tracking website by going to 1 tag dot org.
Contact them at
to see what you can do to help.