Saturday, November 4th 
Price Education Center, San Diego Zoo
2920 Zoo Drive, San Diego, CA 92101

Driving Directions 


Sunday, November 5th 
Azul Street Overwintering Site (meet at Poole St. and Azul St.), UC San Diego Campus
La Jolla, CA 92037

Driving directions: Zoo to Azul St. Overwintering Site  

What to bring:

Saturday (11/4): Bring your own lunch
Sunday (11/5): Bring your own lunch, binoculars, pen/pencil and clipboard, and wear appropriate clothing for outdoors


Katie Hietala-Henschell, the Xerces Society 
Conservation Biologist 

Sarina Jepsen, the Xerces Society 
Endangered Species Program Director 

Thank you to the sponsors!




Monarch Butterfly Monitoring Workshop 

Saturday, November 4, 2017 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Price Education Center, San Diego Zoo

Sunday, November 5, 2017 from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm

Azul Street Overwintering Site, UC San Diego Campus


You are invited to participate in a two-day monarch butterfly monitoring workshop. We will cover monarch butterfly biology and conservation status, citizen science opportunities, and monarch overwintering protocols.


Day 1: Participants will hear presentations about monarch butterfly biology and conservation status, and learn about numerous citizen science opportunities

Day 2: Participants will meet at the intersection of Azul Street and Poole Street (Azul Street overwintering site) and learn how to count monarchs in their clusters, conduct a habitat assessment, fill out data sheets, and survey an overwintering site. We will end with a picnic and informal group discussion


Workshop goals: 

1) Provide an introduction to a variety of monarch butterfly citizen science programs in which people can participate, including Monarch Larva Monitoring Project, Project Monarch Health, and tagging monarchs through Monarch Alert

2) Train participants in standardized overwintering monarch counting and overwintering site habitat assessment protocol used by the Western Monarch Thanksgiving Count

3) Enable participants to meet other people working to conserve monarchs in the San Diego area

4) Encourage collaboration among monarch butterfly enthusiasts and biologists for long-term monitoring efforts in California



Sarina Jepsen, Endangered Species Program Director, the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation

Charis van der Heide, Western Monarch Thanksgiving Count regional coordinator for Santa Barbara County

Joanna Gilkeson, Public Affairs Specialist, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Paige Howorth, Associate Curator of Invertebrates, San Diego Zoo