1992-2011 Season Tag Recoveries:
16,000+ Monarch Watch tag recoveries for the 1992 to 2011 tagging seasons are accessible via a searchable database. The search form should be pretty self-explanatory, just fill in a few fields that you would like to search by and click the "Submit" button. For example, you may want to know how many monarchs recovered in Mexico (Recovery Country) were tagged in Kansas (Tag State) during 2010 (Tag Year) - just make the appropriate selections, hit the "Submit" button, and you'll see recoveries on the Search Results page that match that criteria.
You should start with a relatively general search, using very few search terms (for example, a partial tag code or the tag city) and then narrow the search as necessary to zero in on the data you want to view. Many people make the mistake of filling in too much information and then wonder why they get an empty result set.
Please note that this is very much a work in progress - we working on acquiring the funding necessary to "scrub" the data (clean up any errors) and create more robust applications for searching and data visualization. If you would like to help fund this project, please see our Donation page for details about ways to give.
The Monarch Watch Tag Recovery Database is currently offline.
Once you have taken the database for a test drive please use the feedback form below to send us your thoughts and suggestions - you can also use the form to notify us of any corrections that need to be made to the tag records (misspellings, etc.). If you are submitting corrections please be sure to include your name, email address, and the tag code(s) of the record(s) that need attention. If you encounter a specific error during your search please copy/paste the error message into the feedback form for submission. Thanks!
Tag Recovery Certificates are available below as PDF files for you to download, fill in with your tag data from the database, and print out for display. We recommend using the free Adobe Reader software (link provided at bottom of page) to view and print PDF forms such as these certificates. Certificates are designed to print on a standard 8-1/2 x 11" sheet (US Letter):
Tagger Certificate: (648K PDF file*)
Reporter Certificate: (592K PDF file*)
*In order to view, complete, and print the PDF certificates you will need the free Adobe Reader software, which may already be installed on your computer. The current version is available for download from Adobe's site - click on the button below for more information (download will NOT begin automatically):