Karen Oberhauser of the University of Minnesota and a Director of the Monarch Butterfly Fund has recently published an article that shows: (1) citizen science has the potential to play a key role in conservation outreach, (2) volunteers obtain conservation information and support from citizen science projects, (3) volunteers become more involved in conservation after joining citizen science, and (4) conservation information and encouragement are linked to conservation action. You may read the abstract of the article here.
The White House recently announced a plans to save the monarchs by building a butterfly highway. Read all about it in the Washington Post and listen to a wonderful interview on the BBC with Karen Oberhauser.
If you’re interesed in reading more about the latest scientific research and information on monarch butteflies the book, “Monarchs in a Changing World: Biology and Conservation of an Iconic Butterfly” is now available at Amazon Smile. Edited by board member Karen Oberhauser, Kelly Nail and Sonia Altizer, it is an excellent resource for everyone interested in monarch butterflies.