Workshop Contents • Project goals and background • Key project findings • Monarch biology and identification • Directions for monitoring • Data entry methods • Importance of accuracy • PRACTICE • TREATS
Volunteer Profiles • Local citizens • Nature Center volunteers • Adults with Kids • Youth groups taking classes • Other?
Teaching Strategies • Hands-on activities/variety of formats • Stress importance of project • Promoting monarch conservation • Increased understanding of monarch biology • Real scientific research • Deal with obstacles • Time • Finding a site to monitor • Filling out the forms • Treats!
Common “Mistakes” to Nip in the Bud • Small sample size • Missing number of plants observed • Non-random sampling • For monarch density (choice of plants) • For milkweed density (choice of transect and plots) • Inaccurate ID of eggs and larval instars • Careless observation of plants
You are now a monarch expert! • You can train volunteers to monitor accurately and well! • This program will be a great addition to your nature center! • You and your volunteers will have fun, learn lots, and make important contributions!