Utah

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For more information on Monarchs in Utah contact Rachel Taylor at monarchsinutah@gmail.com

INTRODUCTION

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, Utah State University and Utah DNR joined the effort, creating a statewide community science project to identify naturally-occurring monarch breeding habitat throughout Utah and inform conservation efforts as part of WAFWA's Western Monarch Butterfly 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: utahpollinatorpursuit.org.

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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 (mindywheeler@utah.gov) for the many native milkweed species in Utah

 

Rare Insect Conservation Coordinator:  Amanda Barth (abarth@utah.gov) on monarchs

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Front row: Becky Yeager, Rose Greer, Mindy Wheeler, Jennifer Dowd

Back row: Rachel Taylor, Todd Stout (missing Amanda Barth)

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Fairmont Park Pond

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Nibley Firefly Park - Monarch Waystation

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Cedar Ridge Elementary - Official Monarch Waystation

RAE Environmental  and Western Monarch Pollinator Pathways

Get involved with Citizen Science projects dealing with monarchs and others creatures!

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