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Schultz Research Group Conservation Biology

Western Monarch Mystery Challenge



The Western Monarch Mystery Challenge is a citizen science campaign running February 14th through April 22nd 2020, formed by researchers from Washington State University, Tufts University, UC Santa Cruz, and the Xerces Society to learn more about monarchs in order to inform urgent conservation efforts.

 How to participate is simple:

  1. If you see a monarch outside of overwintering groves, take a picture! (don’t worry, it can be far away and blurry)

  2. Report it to iNaturalist (the app is free) and include date, species, and location OR email it to

  3. If you submit an entry through iNaturalist, be sure to be on the look out for messages from us to your iNaturalist account about winning a prize.




We’ve received over 100 entries so far and we’re hoping to keep the momentum going.

Congratulations to our first prize winner! “irej” on iNaturalist is the winner of a $50 REI GIFT CARD!

A female monarch butterfly nectaring on rosemary observed by irej on Feb. 16, 2020 in Alameda, CA.