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Western Monarch Thanksgiving Count Announcement: The Numbers Are In!

January 30 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm PST

An orange and black butterfly flies over pink milkweed flowers in a sunny green meadow.
This event will be recorded and posted to: The Xerces Society Youtube Channel.

How many monarch butterflies were counted in the Western US this overwintering season? Find out the grand tally for the annual Western Monarch Thanksgiving count, and learn what this year’s numbers mean in terms of monarch conservation moving forward.

Join Isis Howard for the live announcement of Thanksgiving count findings and a summary of volunteer and partner effort. This webinar will highlight data collected during the 2023 Thanksgiving count, which ran for three weeks between 11/11/23 – 12/3/23. (New Year’s count data will be published separately to WesternMonarchCount.org in late February).

Many thanks to the volunteers, partners and funders who made this effort possible!

Register today!

Isis Howard – Endangered Species Conservation Biologist, Western Monarch Community Science – Xerces Society
As an endangered species conservation biologist, Isis works in California to protect and support the western population of monarch butterflies. She manages several community science projects, including the annual Western Monarch Thanksgiving Count and the Western Monarch Milkweed Mapper, and provides support to land managers and the public on maintaining and restoring western monarch breeding habitat. Prior to joining Xerces, Isis worked for a resource conservation district and the North Coast Soil Hub, advancing climate adaptation work in the agricultural sector, engaging diverse community partners, and expanding the RCDs’ western monarch and pollinator program. Originally from Sonoma County, CA, Isis is an experienced outdoor educator and holds a bachelor’s degree in environmental management and protection with a minor in biology from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. In her free time, Isis enjoys listening to podcasts, trying new creative outlets, and advocating for diversity and inclusion in the outdoors.


January 30
11:00 am - 12:00 pm PST
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