Chincoteague Monarch Program

A fall survey that took place from 1997 to 2006. During the fall daily surveys were conducted counting all monarchs along an 8 mile route. Results from this survey was used for a conservation plan implemented on Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge, Assateague, Virginia.


Program Date(s): 1997 to 2006
Institution Type: Other
Species Focus: Monarchs
Contact Person: Denise Gibbs


Protocol Type: Restricted search, Transect
Data Type(s): Abundance
Data Availability: Unsure at this time
Survey Focus: Adults
Visit Frequency: Daily
Effort Tracking: Time spent monitoring was recorded.
Protocol Notes: Beginning in 1997, three daily driving censuses were conducted each fall around an 8 km route that encompassed most areas of Assateague Island. The route passed through a variety of habitats including: salt marsh, wet meadow, tidal canals, mixed deciduous forest, maritime forest, inter-dune areas, and primary dune and beach along the Atlantic Ocean. Censuses were conducted from mid-September through mid-October in most years, but for logistical reasons, did not begin and end at the same time each year.