Each fall hundreds of thousands of monarch butterflies migrate south for the winter. The insects are found all over the country but are often spotted in Great Lakes states.
And you can help record their progress.
Journey’s North Monarch Butterfly Migration Tracking Project allows you to view and record sightings in your area.
Three maps record these reports: all sightings, overnight roosts and peak migration sightings.
Click on the circles to see the sighting’s more exact location and date and comments from the reporter.
And check out an excerpt and video from Ohio author Julie Zickefoose posted by NPR as she describes the transformation of a roly poly green caterpillar into a mature butterfly that makes this same journey.