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How will the data that I collect be used?

How will the data that I collect be used?

Once your data is entered into our database, you will be able to see graphs showing the numbers of monarchs that were found at your site each week that you monitor. Graphs for each year are also posted for all of the other sites that are a part of this project, along with annual graphs for the eastern population. The data you collect will help us answer basic ecological questions about the abundance and distribution of monarchs over time and geographical locations. A more comprehensive list of questions that the data can be used to answer appear in the monitoring section of the website.

Not only will scientists be able to publish scientific papers using the data you collect, but since the graphs are available to the public, many teachers and students can use them in their own classroom investigations!

You can see a list of and read papers that have been published using MLMP data here.

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