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Gulliver's Travels
Mapping the Monarch Migration in Real-time

With your help, we will be able to map the Monarch migration as it passes through the U.S. each spring and fall, in real-time. During the fall Monarch migration, fill out the form below and send in your report. Then, using an advanced mapping technology, we will add your data to your fellow researchers' data and map the results! The more people who submit data, the more accurate (and colorful) the map will be.

You will be able to return to this page at any time to see the current monarch progression map as well as all past maps. We will also be creating an animated image gallery, showing various map renditions of the seasonal migrations. To help create the map, we need three pieces of information from you: where, when, and what you identified.

    Real-time monarch wave map - This map will update automatically as citizens, schools, classrooms and other researchers add their observation data.

Identifying a Monarch in Fall Migration

For our purposes, fall migration is easy, however it is very important that you only report the first time you see one of these two behaviors (below) in the fall! Be watching and look for and report only the first time you observe these two behaviors in the Monarchs! A fall migratory monarch can be identified in one of two ways:

  1. Flight over line of sight - One or more monarchs flies in a straight line direction for at least 100 feet (ten seconds or more) in a southwest direction.
  2. Small group - Five or more monarchs flying in a Southwest direction (straight line) or roosting together at any one time

Step 1 (of 4): Location of sighting
    Complete your nearest street address (as much as possible, please)
      Street Address:
      Zip/Postal Code: (5 digits)

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