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News: Recent Research

All hands on deck! Everyone’s help needed to restore habitat for monarchs.

We need to add habitat for monarchs everywhere that we can. A new study notes the importance of agricultural lands in the Midwestern U.S. and the need for all sectors of society to get involved in this important conservation issue.  Read More »

Measuring Monarchs and Milkweed

Monarch population size estimates allow us to assess the status of the population, and set goals for restoring it to a sustainable level. Monarchs’ declining numbers have gained a lot of attention, but how is the monarch population measured anyway?  Read More »

Can roadside habitat lead monarchs on a route to recovery?

With monarch populations declining in large part due to habitat loss, monarch habitat is needed across all landscapes. In addition to restored prairies, pollinator gardens, and urban park habitat, roadsides provide potential for habitat restoration.  Read More »

Prairie Restorations & Monarch Butterflies

The need for monarch habitat restoration is great. But it's important to ensure habitat restoration is based on good understanding of how seeds in the ground translate to plants on the landscape. Find out how the UMN Monarch Lab is doing this research.  Read More »

New Publication Reveals Birthplaces of Eastern Monarchs

A recently published study (Flockhart et al. 2017) builds on previous work describing the natal origin of eastern overwintering monarchs, and has new implications for monarch conservation.  Read More »