Citizen scientists enlisted to research monarch butterfly mystery

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Citizen scientists enlisted to research monarch butterfly mystery

Researchers want to know more about migratory patterns through Southwest Colorado
A monarch butterfly crawls around on a soft milkweed bloom while feeding on Ed and Patti Zink’s ranch north of Durango. The milkweed scattered around their land is attracting monarch butterflies. Researchers are working to get a better understanding of the migratory habits of monarch butterflies to keep the species from going extinct.
A monarch beetle feeds on soft milkweed on Ed and Patti Zink’s ranch north of Durango. The milkweed is attracting monarch butterflies.
A yellow dragonfly sits on soft milkweed on Ed and Patti Zink’s ranch north of Durango. The milkweed attracts monarch butterflies.
Fruit on a soft milkweed on Ed and Patti Zink’s ranch north of Durango attracts monarch butterflies.

Citizen scientists enlisted to research monarch butterfly mystery

A monarch butterfly crawls around on a soft milkweed bloom while feeding on Ed and Patti Zink’s ranch north of Durango. The milkweed scattered around their land is attracting monarch butterflies. Researchers are working to get a better understanding of the migratory habits of monarch butterflies to keep the species from going extinct.
A monarch beetle feeds on soft milkweed on Ed and Patti Zink’s ranch north of Durango. The milkweed is attracting monarch butterflies.
A yellow dragonfly sits on soft milkweed on Ed and Patti Zink’s ranch north of Durango. The milkweed attracts monarch butterflies.
Fruit on a soft milkweed on Ed and Patti Zink’s ranch north of Durango attracts monarch butterflies.

Citizen scientists enlisted to research monarch butterfly mystery

Patti Zink walks along a patch of soft milkweed on the family ranch north of Durango. The milkweed is attracting monarch butterflies. Researchers are teaching residents to identify monarchs and report sightings to an online database or physically tag the butterflies.

Citizen scientists enlisted to research monarch butterfly mystery

Seeds from a soft milkweed are carried off by the wind on Ed and Patti Zink’s ranch north of Durango. The milkweed is attracting monarch butterflies.
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