Access Minnesota

7 August 2013

Citizen Scientists and the Fight to Save Monarch Butterflies

For the week of August 11th, 2013

A growing number of Americans are making important contributions to scientific research on a volunteer basis. These so-called “citizen scientists” are at work here in Minnesota, helping to monitor the larva of monarch butterflies. Monarchs are not only beautiful but also play a critical role in our ecology. This week on Access Minnesota, University of Minnesota researcher Karen Oberhauser discusses recent data that helps us to better understand these fragile creatures.

  • Guest: Karen Oberhauser, Professor in the Department of Fisheries, Wildlife and Conservation Biology, and Director of the Monarch Larva Monitoring Project
  • Issues: The decline of the Monarch Butterfly population; Efforts to research and educate the public about these insects; The citizen scientists who study Monarchs in the field; What ordinary people can do to help sustain the Monarch population

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