Karen Oberhauser has spent the better part of three decades studying Danaus plexippus, the mysterious orange and black Monarch butterflies that migrate thousands of miles every winter. She’s spent much of that time educating others, especially children, about Monarch research and conservation.

The White House took notice.

Yesterday the University of Minnesota prof earned a “Champion of Change” award from the White House for her important contribution to our community (via STrib). It’s a contribution with international ripple effects, and you can get involved.

You can join the Monarch Larvae Monitoring Project and help with Oberhauser’s research. And everyone can rest a little easier knowing that these beautiful but fragile creatures have a passionate advocate right here in Minnesota.