Every week, citizen scientist tell the monarch's story through the images and observations they share. What's happening right now across our continent? Use this week's journal page to capture the story.
Leaving the Sanctuary
Estela was surprised to see how many monarchs remained on her trip to the sanctuary this week. "They seem to be leaving more gradually this year."
For most of the last week, south winds continued to blow monarchs across Texas as beyond. A butterfly in Brewster, Kansas is now our northernmost monarch. Texas is a butterfly highway at this time of year:
"What a weekend! We observed at least 50 plus monarchs each day. Spring migration is definitely in full swing." Driftwood, TX
In Georgia, Mrs. Spencer's first grade class at Briarlake Elementary saw their first monarch on Wednesday. They also saw the beginning of a new generation!
"We observed the female laying eggs on our milkweed. She moved to different plants to lay her eggs. She circled the garden and came back to lay some more. We observed her for about 10 minutes until she flew off."
Breaking ground and breaking records. Milkweed burst from the ground this week. The animated map shows the substantial green-up that occurred. Reporters across the
north confirmed the effects of this month's historic heat-wave. Milkweed was emerging 3-4 weeks early, from Wisconsin to Ontario.
"Now we'll be watching out for frost!" an observer from Ohio cautioned.