Partnering to conserve the monarch butterfly migration


Upcoming Monarch Joint Venture Events

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Monarch Conservation Webinar Series:

  • 12:00-1:00 PM Central, Thursday June 22nd- Solar and Pollinators Webinar: Learn the Latest, with Dr. Karen Oberhauser (Monarch Joint Venture, Steering Committee Co-Chair) and Rob Davis (Fresh energy, Director of Media & Innovation Lab) ​​
    Description: In 2016 alone, nearly 2,500 acres of solar sites in Minnesota and Wisconsin were seeded with millions of native flowers and grasses. This webinar will discuss the science and safety of photovoltaic solar and the growing trend of planting pollinator habitat under and around ground-mounted solar panels. Learn about the importance of partnerships in preventing the extinction of monarchs, as well as the incredible work Fresh Energy is doing in collaboration with the University of Minnesota Bee Lab, Monarch Joint Venture, and the Gund Institute for Ecological Economics at the university of Vermontto establish "pollinator-friendly solar" standards.
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  • 2:00-3:00 PM Eastern, Thursday July 20th- The Pillars of High Quality Pollinator Habitat Management, with Pete Berthelsen (The Bee & Butterfly Habitat Fund, Partnership Coordinator.)
    Ever felt like you struggled to establish high quality pollinator habitat or achieve the results you envisioned?  This presentation will cover the three most important considerations that will determine your habitat project success and the long-term benefits of the project. Join us to learn about specific habitat recommendations from start to finish that help you produce the best results from your habitat efforts.
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View previous webinars and get more information here.

MCSP Integrated Monitoring Strategy Trainings:

The monarch population has seriously declined over the last twenty years. To protect these beautiful, iconic pollinators, it is crucial that we have high quality information on their distribution, habitat availability and habitat quality. The Monarch Conservation Science Partnership needs the help of volunteer citizen scientists, like you, to collect this information. Your participation in this national monitoring effort will inform how stakeholders across North America conserve the iconic monarch butterfly! Read more about the program here.
Trainings will take place in three locations:

  • MN Valley National Wildlife Refuge, Bloomington, MN: June 3rd-4th
  • Fenner Nature Center, Lansing, MI: June 10th-11th
  • UW-Madison Arboretum, Madison, WI: June 24th-25th

Register here!

Monarchs on Farms Demonstration Days:

Join us for hands-on demonstrations, activities, and information about installing and managing native habitat for monarchs and other wildlife on farms. We are offering a series of field days across Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin. Choose the date and location that works best for you. Field days are free! Pre-registration is requested. Support for this project comes from the New York Community Trust.

Topics covered will include:

  • Site selection and site prep methods for native plantings
  • Seed mix design, planting methods, and management
  • Native plant ID and monitoring plant establishment
  • Monarch biology and conservation
  • Farm bill programs and funding opportunities for farmers
  • Beyond monarchs: benefits of habitat to wildlife & humans

Iowa Email Ashley to Register

  • Tues. June 20th 9-11am Luze Farm Corp, Dysart IA.
  • Thurs. June 22nd 9am-12pm ISU Borlaug Learning Center, Nashua IA.
  • Weds. Sep 20, 9am-12pm Renewable Farm, Cedar Falls IA
  • Thurs. Sep 21, 4:30-6:30pm J.H. Roadman Memorial Park, Dike IA.

Minnesota Register here!

  • Wed. May 24th, 1-4pm York Farm, Hutchinson, MN Stay after for pizza on the farm and photo show!
  • Tues. July 25th, 1-4pm Uproot Farm, Princeton, MN)
  • Fri. July 28th, 1-4pm Garden Farme, Ramsey, MN
  • Thurs. Aug 3rd, 1-4pm Open Hands Farm, Spring Wind Farm, and Little Hill Berry Farm, Northfield, MN

Wisconsin Register here!

  • Fri. May 19th, 2017, 1-4pm Taproot Farm, Ridgeway, WI
  • Fri. Aug 18th, 1-4pm Heidel Family Dairy Farm, Adell, WI


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