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What is Milkweed Watch?
Milkweed Watch is a citizen science program that seeks to explore and document the diversity of milkweed plants and their associated animal fauna. Much remains to be discovered about the range and diversity of milkweeds in Nebraska and the animals that use these plants.
Milkweed Watch Goals
Milkweed Watch will collaborate with citizen scientists to achieve 4 goals:
- Determine what animal species use milkweed plants
- Determine the diversity and distribution of milkweed plants in Nebraska
- Update the diversity and distribution records of Red Milkweed Beetles (Tetraopes) in Nebraska
- Promote awareness about and appreciation of milkweeds and other wild plants
Meet the Milkweed Watch Team
Milkweed Watch is based out of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln's Department of Entomology in Lincoln, Nebraska.
Dr. Tom Weissling is an Associate Professor in Entomology.
Louise I. Lynch is a Graduate Research Assistant for UNL's Department of Entomology.
Natalia Bjorklund is a UNL Horticultural Extension Educator serving Dodge County, Nebraska. She is also working towards a PhD studying native bees.