Florida Monarch Research and Educational Project

Research Foundation in Cape Coral
florida.monarchreproject@gmail.com, 1808 SE Van Loon Terrace, Cape Coral, FL
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Do you wonder why butterflies seem to chase one another?
There is a reason for that. Butterflies do not see images as we do, they see in pixels.
In order for them to know whom they need to fight with for territory or court with to mate with they chase the other butterfly. As they are chasing, the...

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Here is a close-up look at the Cremaster of the monarch chrysalis. Ever wonder how it is attached to the silk? As you can see, there are tiny curled barbs at the end of the cremaster and as the newly formed chrysalis is wiggling it is catching the silk with those little barbs.
(Photo credit: Rik...

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As part of the research project butterflies are tested (for OE spores) and tagged. By tagging the butterfly we hope to learn their flight pattern, how long they are living with/without the OE (Ophryocystis elektroscirrha) spore and the possible relationship to the particular specie of milkweed be...

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If you become a participant in the project you may fall into one of two categories.
1) You do not raise monarchs. You could simply net wild monarchs, test, tag and release them.
OR
2) You are alread...

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Florida Monarch Research and Educational Project is a non profit project and would like to invite all Florida residents to become volunteers and participate in the research of the rapid decline of our resident monarch. We have lost 80% of our resident population since 2005.
We need participant...

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Save and Preserve the Florida Monarch

The Florida Monarch Research and Educational Project is organized to conduct research on the Florida Monarchs and to explore the reasons for the rapid decline of the resident population. The Project will provide education to schools, communities and to the general public on how to provide safe chemical free habitats that will provide healthy and necessary larval and butterfly plants.  
  RESEARCH   The Projects initial study will focus on Ophryocystis elektroscirrha (“OE”). OE is a protozoan parasite that larvae ingest on milkweed (larval food). It's spread through microscopic spores.
 The Project’s research will include; the testing and tagging of both wild and farmed butterflies, the documenting of wild born and farmed larvae, documenting the specie of milkweed used to raise the larvae, and documenting the location. This research is to encompass the entire state of Florida.
 The state will be divided into zones. This will assist in narrowing down if there is a specific problem area, plant, human error or an issue in the environment.  
With the financial assistance of foundations, private donors, and the public, the Project will collect information on and study these issues and will incorporate the results of its research into written materials that are accessible to members of the general public, schools and our communities. These materials will be announced in the press to ensure that the general public is aware of their availability.
 In addition, the Project will sponsor workshops on results of the research for schools, our communities and the general public. Any Funds or financial assistance received by the Project will be for research and/or educational purposes within the meaning of Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and will not be used for personal gains of any sort.
 The Project’s Board of Directors, officers, and staff are qualified by educational and professional experience to direct and conduct research on environmental issues. Each member has been active in environmental and community organizations and on projects related to the environment.

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florida.monarchreproject@gmail.com
1808 SE Van Loon Terrace
Cape Coral, FL 33990
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