For more information on Monarchs in Utah contact Rachel Taylor at email@example.com
Utahns have long enjoyed monarchs arriving in Utah in May – laying eggs and reproducing new generations into September and even early October. The majority of our human population is located along the Wasatch Mountain Range, where winter snowfall provides the water so desperately needed to sustain life in this high mountain desert. As for our monarch population, we are lacking critical data on monarch breeding habitat in a vast amount of the state, due in part, to the fact that roughly 80% of the state is public land, and complicated by the fact we are the second driest state in the nation. We need to learn more.
Thanks to the help of some key monarch enthusiasts, Utahns are learning more about the plight of the monarch, and are jumping on the bandwagon to plant native milkweed and nectar sources where the habitat makes sense. In 2019, the Utah DNR joined the effort, creating a statewide citizen science project to identify where we have naturally occurring monarch breeding habitat throughout Utah in order to preserve what’s there, and potentially enhance it, as part of the US Fish & Wildlife Western Monarch Conservation Plan 2019-2069. We have much to learn, and many who care and are willing to help. To learn more, visit our statewide site: Monarch Conservation in Utah.
Utah has monarch enthusiasts spread throughout the state. For current information in the following areas, please contact the individual or site referenced below:
Visit the Utah Pollinator Pursuit website for current citizen science projects regarding monarchs, bees and other pollinators, as well as other helpful information on monarchs.
State of Utah Subject Matter Experts
Rare Plant Conservation Coordinator: Mindy Wheeler (firstname.lastname@example.org) for the many native milkweed species in Utah
Rare Insect Conservation Coordinator: Amanda Barth (email@example.com) on monarchs
Front row: Becky Yeager, Rose Greer, Mindy Wheeler, Jennifer Dowd
Back row: Rachel Taylor, Todd Stout (missing Amanda Barth)
Fairmont Park Pond
Nibley Firefly Park - Monarch Waystation
Cedar Ridge Elementary - Official Monarch Waystation
RAE Environmental and Western Monarch Pollinator Pathways