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Young citizen scientists examine Mexican butterfly weed

Young citizen scientists participating in the Monarch Larva Monitoring Project examine butterfly wee

Young citizen scientists participating in the Monarch Larva Monitoring Project (MLMP) examine a Mexican butterfly weed (Asclepias curassavica), which is in the milkweed family, during their visit to the lab of Karen Oberhauser at the University of Minnesota.

Oberhauser, an associate professor in the Department of Fisheries, Wildlife and Conservation Biology, is founder and director of MLMP, a citizen scientist project that involves volunteers from across the U.S. and Canada in monarch butterfly research. The data collected is being used to help explain geographical and temporal variations in North America's monarch populations.

To learn more about MLMP, visit the project's website Here. To learn more about other citizen scientist projects sponsored by NSF, see NSF press release White House Honors Four Leaders of NSF-Funded Citizen Science Groups Studying Ecology. To view other images from the MLMP in the NSF Multimedia Gallery, search the term "Monarch" Here. [The MLMP is supported by NSF grant DRL 01-04600.] (Date of Image: May 2005)

Credit: Bruce Leventhal, Forest Lake High School, Forest Lake, Minn.
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