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Monarch Watch

One of the most captivating insects on the planet, monarch butterflies have been experiencing a tremendous decline in their population over the last couple of decades. In an effort to help, Calvert Stewards and naturalist staff are collecting data for multiple monarch citizen science projects.

Volunteer Opportunities include:

  • population surveys
  • monarch larva monitoring
  • monarch tagging
  • habitat restoration
  • data entry

How You Can Help

You can find more information about this project and register for monarch monitoring opportunities through our new volunteer portal

Monitoring Locations

We monitor monarch populations at the meadows at Battle Creek Cypress Swamp, Biscoe Gray Heritage Farm and Gatewood Preserve. Depending on volunteer support, other parks may be added to the study.

Once volunteers know the proper monitoring techniques, they can also participate on their personal property if monarchs and milkweed are present.

Training Video

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