Monitoring Monarch Migrations

In Santa Cruz, in the fall and winter, in the lovely coastal park called Natural Bridges, folks love to walk among the eucalyptus trees and take a gander at the monarch butterfly-laden branches. It is a spectacle that brings in all the various characters of  UC Santa Cruz, gape-jawed and wild-eyed. Here’s more from Phys.Org:

Inhee Lee, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering at the University of Pittsburgh, is part of a team developing a tracking system that could be attached to monarch butterflies and transmit data about their location all throughout the three month journey south.

“Tracking animal migration is a critical ecosystem indicator,” said Lee. “Migrators travel long distances across entire continents, and it can give us unprecedented insight into their migratory paths, how the environment around them is changing, and how species interactions are impacted by changing movements and distributions.”

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