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Mission to Monitor Migrating Monarchs


A monarch butterfly equipped with a tracking chip.

racking animal migration is a critical ecosystem indicator,” said the University of Pittburgh's Inhee Lee. “Migrators travel long distances across entire continents, and it can give us unprecedented insight into their migratory paths, how the

Credit: University of Pittsburgh Swanson Engineering Newsroom

University of Pittsburgh (Pitt) researchers have developed a tracking system to monitor the migration of monarch butterflies to specific mountain peaks in central Mexico.

The mSAIL wireless sensing platform features a tiny chip attached to each butterfly's back to measure light intensity and temperature, and wirelessly communicate that data to the researchers.

After the butterfly reaches its destination, its migration trajectory will be reconstructed using a deep learning-based localization algorithm.

Said Pitt's Inhee 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."

From University of Pittsburgh Swanson Engineering Newsroom
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