Paul Cherubini wrote: "If you tag for Monarch Alert, your recapture results will not likely be made public:http://monarchalert.calpoly.edu/html/previous_data.html
So the data could be lost forever. The Southwest Monarch Study has tags too and they make their recapture results public: http://swmonarchs.org/az-recoveries.php
I contacted the Monarch Alert group. Every tag number that is found, the tagger will receive a call to let them know the details. All other information will be posted at a later time on the website (no data has been lost), which is under construction. When a tagged butterfly goes a significant distance, that information is posted on the Western list serv.