Mona Miller wrote: "What do we do with the data? All of the recoveries are viewable online. We also analyze the recovery data to test hypotheses concerning Monarch orientation and navigation. These analyses will be summarized on the web site subsequent to the publication of the articles in scientific journals."
The raw tagging data has never been published and may never be just as happened with the Urquhart tagging program, hence the data - which dates back to 1992 - will not be available for the public or other scientists to see and independently analyze. Example: while recoveries have been posted, no information has been (or is planned to be to my knowledge) provided about how many butterflies were tagged by a certain tagger at certain location and date, sex of the butterfly, etc. So the rest of the scientific community is unable to independently analyze the raw data to determine crucially important imformation such as what percentage of fall migrants tagged in Minnesota are recaptured in Mexico vs. New Jersey vs. Texas, etc or how successfully reaching Mexico correlates with the date of tagging at different locations. Also, there are serious errors in the Monarch Watch tag recovery database so the information in it is not always accurate. Example: the database lists records of fall migrants recaptured in Mexico that were tagged in November in the New England States (it is, of course, impossible for a monarch leaving New England in late October or November to fly to Michoacan, Mexico).
Swallowtail Farms, on the other hand DID disclose all their raw data information in their migration study: so anyone can independently analyze it http://www.swallowtailfarms.com/pages/e ... s_mms.html