Partnering to conserve the monarch butterfly migration

About Us

About Us

The monarch migration is one of nature’s most spectacular events. North American monarchs travel up to an astonishing 3,000 miles in an annual migration from their summer breeding habitat to overwintering grounds.

The Monarch Joint Venture (MJV) is a partnership of federal and state agencies, non-governmental organizations, and academic programs that are working together to support and coordinate efforts to protect the monarch migration across the lower 48 United States. The MJV is committed to a science-based approach to monarch conservation work, guided by the North American Monarch Conservation Plan (2008).

The monarch migration was listed by the International Union for Conservation of Nature as an endangered phenomenon in 1983. In 2010, the World Wildlife Fund included monarchs on its list of the “Top 10 to Watch", which includes species that are thought to be in need of close monitoring and protection.

What We Do

The MJV is committed to conserving the monarch butterfly migration by focusing conservation efforts within the United States.


More than 50 partners from across the U.S. are working together in an effort to conserve the monarch migration.

Leadership and Staff

Expertise and guidance from the MJV leadership team is essential in the success of this partnership organization.

What is a Joint Venture?

Based on the successes of previous Joint Ventures, the Monarch Joint Venture brings together a broad coalition of organizations working to conserve the monarch migration.