TEXAS (CBSDFW.COM/AP) — Researchers are calling on the public to report monarch butterfly sightings in eight southern and Gulf states.
The Georgia Department of Natural Resources announced the effort on Thursday. Scientists want to hear about sightings from Dec. 1 to March 1 in North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana and Texas.READ MORE: Mesquite Officer Dies After Shooting Outside Grocery Store
Monarch butterflies typically pass through Texas and into Mexico by early November, according to Texas Parks & Wildlife.READ MORE: Fort Worth ISD Hopes To Hire Teachers 'On The Spot,' Offering Huge Incentives
Researchers say the information may help conservation efforts by determining if the butterflies can spend the winter as non-breeding adults in the southern U.S. Monarch populations have declined significantly over the past two decades.
The observations should be reported at journeynorth.org.MORE NEWS: Delivery Drones Buzzing Over Some North Texas Cities
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