The EcoQuest Challenge for August 2017 it is Milkweed and Monarch Butterflies. North America’s Monarch Butterflies are in decline – threatened by habitat loss, including Milkweed plants required for larvae to feed on, climate change, and pesticide use. Almost half of New York City’s 11 Milkweed species are thought to be extinct in the city.
The EcoQuest challenge is, using the iNaturalist App, to take photographs to document the distribution of Milkweed and Monarch butterflies in New York City, then post your findings on the NYC EcoFlora Project at iNaturalist.
To get started as a citizen scientist:
Click here for a Guide to Milkweeds of New York City.