Report Your Monarch Sightings!

Report Your Monarch Sightings!

Peak monarch migration is in full swing!

And you can help create a real-time picture of monarch populations and ecology! Citizen science enables people like you and me to contribute local data to a larger project. Citizen science projects come to life through the participation of large numbers of people. It’s a powerful way to crowdsource information on populations of threatened species!

How do you report your monarch sightings?

The website Journey North compiles reports of sightings into real-time maps. These maps show where monarchs are being seen each week. It’s quick and easy to register and report your sightings. The maps help people watch the progress of the migration and provide important info on butterfly populations.

Every report you share

about where and when you saw a monarch helps paint a picture of this year’s migration event. It’s an exciting way to be involved, and this crowd-sourced information can be used to plan and advocate for monarch conservation. So whether you’ve been watching monarchs since they were eggs on your milkweed plants or you just happened to notice one flying by, share your sightings and help build an understanding of this amazing species!

While you’re in monarch mode…

2017 grants awarded through the Monarch Butterfly Conservation Fund were recently announced. These grants are for restoring and improving monarch habitat. It’s always good to hear a little positive news! Meanwhile, this is a good time to be thinking about what milkweed species you can plant to improve your own monarch habitat!

Milkweed pods with silky seeds emerging. Plant milkweed and there will be more monarch sightings next year!

Milkweed going to seed. Plant milkweed seeds in fall and winter to have plants for monarchs the following spring and summer.

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  • Ruthie Webb Posted October 12, 2019 10:50 am

    Wanted to (and tried a couple of times) to report our Monarch sightings. The link isn’t working properly for the site and you can only get so far with completing the questions.
    Anyway, we counted 250+ yesterday afternoon (in 1 hour!) crossing at Cherry Cove on the Blue Ridge Parkway.
    Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

  • annealtor Posted October 13, 2019 10:15 am

    Thank you for your comment, Ruthie. I’m sorry you had trouble getting your sightings recorded – did you let Journey North know about the issue? 250+ monarchs – wow!! That is amazing. Thank you for sharing!

  • Carol mitchell Posted March 28, 2021 8:08 pm

    Saw a monarch in spokane wa. Did not see a tag. That was yesterday. Definitely not a painted lady.

    • Anne Altor Posted March 29, 2021 9:29 am

      Hi Carol,
      Wow – they’re really on the move! Thanks for letting us know about your sighting. I see a few other sightings from northern areas reported on You might want to report your sighting there too – it’s important information. Thank you!

  • Carol Levitt Posted August 25, 2022 5:29 pm

    Saw a Monarch around noon today right outside my 12th floor window.
    My sighting made me happy. I live north of Toronto in Richmond Hill, Ontario, Canada

    • Anne Altor Posted August 26, 2022 3:12 pm

      Hi Carol! That’s so exciting! Thanks for sharing. They really do bring happiness, don’t they? Here’s to the Monarchs – may they migrate safely and come back next year!

  • Jackie Fox Posted September 20, 2022 9:46 am

    09/17/2022- Didn’t ever see the Monarch but I found caterpillars and got them into protection, food. I now have 3 chrysalis and counting. Houston, TX – I have missed them so much this year, after the too-early egg laying April 1st. My milkweed didn’t have enough growth to sustain them (over a dozen on 2 small starter plants).

    • Anne Altor Posted September 20, 2022 10:57 am

      Hi Jackie! Nice job bringing them in and raising them to butterflies! That’s really great. We had a similar situation this year – not enough milkweed because it got eaten by tussock moths while I wasn’t looking. We brought in the caterpillars, fed them milkweed from our neighbor’s yard and released 3 beautiful butterflies within the last week. Keep on loving those monarchs!

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