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Yuma Quartermaster Depot to host free sessions Oct. 26
YUMA, Ariz. - Yuma Quartermaster Depot State Historic Park will host two free monarch tagging workshops by Gail Morris, coordinator of the Southwest Monarch Study, at 1 and 6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 26.
Morris serves as both a conservation specialist for Monarch Watch and the coordinator of the Southwest Monarch Study, a nonprofit organization dedicated to monarch butterfly research and conservation. She is also the vice-president of the Monarch Butterfly Fund supporting research and development in the Reserve in Mexico. This monarch workshop is funded through Monarch Joint Venture.
Participants will learn about monarch biology, migration, and conservation, as well as how to tag and track monarch butterflies to gain valuable information about their flyways. As "citizen scientists," everyone can contribute important information about monarchs in the Yuma area.
Over the past twenty years, monarch populations have declined, with some estimates showing a nearly 80% loss of population. Declines have been attributed to pesticides, habitat loss from logging and herbicides, as well as destructive storms brought on by climate change.
The monarchs’ migration route through the Southwest is not as well studied as the migration route into the central United States. This workshop offers Yumans a great opportunity to observe and record monarch populations passing through our area as part of this national effort.
Participants will have the opportunity to monitor and tag monarchs in the Yuma area and Colorado River corridor during the winter months based on earlier Southwest Monarch Study findings to determinate the size of the small overwintering populations.
For more information, please contact Tammy Snook, Park Ranger/Historian, at the Yuma Quartermaster Depot, (928) 247-6266.
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