Partnering to conserve the monarch butterfly migration

Downloads and Links

Downloads and Links

There are many free resources that you can use to educate yourself and others about monarchs. There are also many online resources about monarchs, milkweed, establishing habitat, and monarch conservation topics. MJV has compiled many of these online resources for you to use. Additional information and resources are available by visiting our partner's websites.

Any of the PDFs shown below can be downloaded and printed for free, and we encourage you to do so! If you would like to request hard copies of MJV materials, use the request form below to communicate your needs to us. We will process all requests as received, but due to limited resources and stock available, we may not be able to fulfill all requests. In order to help us provide these educational tools and support for other monarch conservation activities into the future, we recommend supporting the MJV program through a donation to help cover our costs for things such as printing and shipping outreach materials. Note that only the materials listed on the order form are ones that we have in stock. All other materials can be requested directly from partners that created those materials.  

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MJV Handouts

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Milkweed Information Sheet

Milkweed Information Sheet

This resource includes photos with habitat information for milkweed species common to each U.S. region. Find species known to be well-used by monarchs, and easy to establish in gardens and fields in your region.

MJV Fact Sheet

MJV Fact Sheet

This fact sheet provides a quick introduction to the monarch migration, monarch conservation issues, and the Monarch Joint Venture.

Mowing: Best Practices for Monarchs

Mowing: Best Practices for Monarchs

This handout provides regional timeframes during which management activities such as mowing may be less detrimental to local monarch populations.

Gardening for Monarchs

Gardening for Monarchs

This informational flyer provides tips for how to create a garden that will attract monarchs and other butterflies and pollinators.

Monarch Conservation Talking Points

Monarch Conservation Talking Points

This document outlines a few major monarch conservation talking points that describe the value of the monarch migration, the benefits of conserving monarchs, and the steps needed to conserve the monarch migration.

Monarch Citizen Science

Monarch Citizen Science

Learn about volunteer contributions to understanding an iconic insect and some of the main monarch citizen science programs to get involved in.

Rearing Monarchs Responsibly

Rearing Monarchs Responsibly

This flyer describes how to successfully raise wild collected eggs or caterpillars to adult monarch butterflies in your home or classroom.

Schoolyard Butterfly Gardens

Schoolyard Butterfly Gardens

This is a brief guide to planning, installing and maintaining a butterfly garden on school grounds.

Potential Risks of Growing Exotic Milkweeds for Monarchs

Potential Risks of Growing Exotic Milkweeds for Monarchs

This fact sheet describes the risks of growing exotic milkweed for monarchs, including the spread of the monarch parasite OE in locations where exotic milkweed can grow year-round.

Invasive Species Alert: Swallow-wort

Invasive Species Alert: Swallow-wort

This invasive species alert describes native and non-native swallow-wort species that may impact monarchs and provides information about management to help control them.

Plant Milkweed Bookmark (English)

Plant Milkweed Bookmark (English)

The Plant Milkweed for Monarchs brochure comes in both English and Spanish languages.

Protecting Monarchs Brochure

Protecting Monarchs Brochure

This brochure developed by the Pollinator Partnership highlights information about monarchs, describes their migration, and shares reasons that monarchs are at risk and what you can do to help.

Monarch Larva Monitoring Project Brochures

Monarch Larva Monitoring Project Brochures

This brochure describes the Monarch Larva Monitoring Project. It provides an overview of the project, and gives information about how everyone can get involved with monitoring.

Celebrating Monarchs Poster

Celebrating Monarchs Poster

This beautiful poster, developed by the U.S. Forest Service, illustrates the monarch life cycle from egg to adult, their migration, and their need for milkweeds and nectar plants.

2009-2014 Summary of MJV Accomplishments

2009-2014 Summary of MJV Accomplishments

This 11x17 brochure illustrates projects and accomplishments of the Monarch Joint Venture from 2009-2014.

Links

  • MJV Materials Order - Use this online form to request Monarch Joint Venture handouts and materials.

Establishing Habitat Guidelines

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Guidelines for Establishing a Prairie

Guidelines for Establishing a Prairie

Prairie Restorations, Inc. of Minnesota developed this resource to inform anyone interested in establishing a prairie on their property, or a property that they manage.

Insect Pollinator Best Management Practices (Minnesota)

Insect Pollinator Best Management Practices (Minnesota)

This MN Department of Agriculture brochure describes how to successfully manage for pollinators in Minnesota yards and gardens.

Monarch Breeding Habitat Assessment Tool

Monarch Breeding Habitat Assessment Tool

This tool is designed to help assess the quality of your milkweed habitat for monarchs. The interactive tool describes characteristics of monarch breeding habitat and assigns values based on importance to monarchs.

Prairie Restoration Technical Guides

Prairie Restoration Technical Guides

These technical guides created by MJV partner the Tallgrass Prairie Center provide guidelines for the entire process of establishing a tallgrass prairie habitat. There are 10 guides in this document: 1) Seed Collecting 2) Drying and Cleaning 3) Propagating 4) Recognizing Tallgrass Prairie Remnants 5) Seed Sourcing 6) Designing Seed Mixes 7) Site Preparation 8) Seeding 9) Initial Management 10) Evaluating Establishment.

Pollinators in Natural Areas

Pollinators in Natural Areas

This 8-page booklet produced by the Xerces Society provides a summary of how land managers can protect and provide habitat for bees, butterflies and pollinators. It includes potential impacts of fire, grazing, mowing, herbicides, and insecticides. It provides recommendations for how to adjust use of these management actions to benefit pollinators.

Links

  • Adaptive Management - Adaptive management is important for large landscape restoration efforts. Learn what adaptive management is and how to utilize it in your natural spaces.
  • Conserving Monarch Butterflies in an Urban Setting - Creating habitat in the urban setting will ensure that the butterflies have a place to stop on their migration journey. In this Monarch Conservation Webinar, Catherine Werner from the St. Louis Mayor’s Office and Milkweeds for Monarchs program, Cortney Solum from Two Rivers National Wildlife Refuge, and Kristin Shaw from the Eastern Tallgrass Prairie and Big Rivers Landscape Conservation Cooperative, share a case study of the Milkweeds for Monarchs (M4M) program in the city of St. Louis, MO.
  • Enhancing existing landscapes for monarchs and native pollinators - In this Monarch Conservation Webinar, a panel of presenters share techniques and case studies for enhancing existing habitats for monarch butterflies and other pollinators. Topics include best management practices for augmenting natural habitats, roadsides, right-of-way areas, and other landscapes. Additionally, you will learn more in-depth about milkweed and nectar plant availability, including seed collection, plug production and sourcing native plant and seed materials.
  • Establishing Pollinator Meadows From Seed - This Xerces document is a step-by-step guide for establishing prairie-like habitat from seed to benefit pollinators, including monarchs.
  • Habitat Restoration Fundamentals - This Monarch Conservation Webinar is an introduction to the process of native plant restoration for monarch butterfly habitat. This webinar examines the step-by-step procedures for designing, installing, and managing native plant communities specifically designed for monarch breeding.
  • Minnesota DNR prairie brochure - A brochure from the MN Department of Natural Resources describing how to establish native prairie grasses and wildflowers.
  • Prairie Restoration Guidelines - Shooting Star Native Seeds provides recommendations on how to plan for planting a native prairie restoration.
  • Prairie STRIPs - This great resource covers information needed to establish prairie contour strips within agricultural fields. Include milkweed to make these viable habitat for monarchs.
  • Tallgrass Prairie Center Prairie Restoration Guides & Brochures - The Tallgrass Prairie Center offers guidebooks, brochures, manuals and other resources for restoring prairie and propagating native plants. Take advantage of these valuable tools in your next habitat project.

Milkweed Resources

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Monarchs and Milkweeds: The Current Situation and Methods for Propogating Milkweeds

Monarchs and Milkweeds: The Current Situation and Methods for Propogating Milkweeds

This USDA Forest Service publication reviews the conservation challenges facing monarchs, and provides a guide for propogating milkweeds.

Milkweed and Monarchs in the Western U.S.

Milkweed and Monarchs in the Western U.S.

This guide helps natural resource agencies and land managers manage, protect and enhance milkweed stands on their land. It has information on monarch and milkweed biology, the importance of milkweed and monarchs, threats to monarchs and their breeding habitat and how land managers can help.

Native Milkweed (Asclepias) Species Common to Mississippi

Native Milkweed (Asclepias) Species Common to Mississippi

This poster from the Mississippi State Extension Crosby Arboretum lists 15 native species to Mississippi recommended for planting in the state.

Native Milkweeds of the Central United States

Native Milkweeds of the Central United States

This document describes the value of milkweed to wildlife, highlights NRCS conservation practices in which milkweeds can be included, provides an overview of milkweed establishment practices, and profiles numerous species that are commercially available and can be incorporated into seed mixes and planting plans.

Native Milkweeds of the Desert Southwest

Native Milkweeds of the Desert Southwest

This native milkweed guide covers the deserts of the interior western United States, providing profiles of recommended native milkweed plants and information about milkweed conservation practices in this region.

Southeast Monarchs, Milkweeds, and Host Plants Brochure

Southeast Monarchs, Milkweeds, and Host Plants Brochure

This double sided brochure, produced by the Xerces Society and the Florida Museum of Natural History, describes monarchs and milkweeds in the southeast region of the U.S. along with other butterfly larvae and their host plants.

Assessing the milkweed seed marketplace in Iowa

Assessing the milkweed seed marketplace in Iowa

The Tallgrass Prairie Center conducted a review of the availability of milkweed in the commercial seed marketplace in Iowa.

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Nectar Resources

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Southeast Monarchs, Milkweeds, and Host Plants Brochure

Southeast Monarchs, Milkweeds, and Host Plants Brochure

This double sided brochure, produced by the Xerces Society and the Florida Museum of Natural History, describes monarchs and milkweeds in the southeast region of the U.S. along with other butterfly larvae and their host plants.

Wild for Monarchs Brochure

Wild for Monarchs Brochure

As a part of their Wild for Monarchs campaign, Wild Ones has created a brochure to educate interested parties about gardening for monarchs using native plants.

Links

  • Backyard Habitat for Monarch Butterflies - Missouri Department of Conservation - The Missouri Department of Conservation has released monarch habitat recommendations and native plant lists for the state. The Missouri Department of Conservation and Monarch Joint Venture partner organization Missourians for Monarchs are partnering to restore pollinator habitat across Missouri.
  • Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center Pollinator Conservation - This page contains regional plant lists/descriptions to attract pollinators.
  • Monarch Nectar Plant Lists (regional) - The Xerces Society and NRCS are working to provide monarch nectar plant lists for each region of the country. Find good monarch nectar plants for your region.
  • Native Plant Societies - Every state and region has its own unique native plants. Find your regional native plant societies on this list to help you answer your native plant questions.
  • NRCS Monarch Butterfly Page - Find regional monarch plant lists (currently for Southern Great Plains and Midwest regions) as well as Plant Materials Center Monarch Resources in the "Publications and Resources" section of the NRCS monarch butterfly page. These lists were developed in collaboration with the Xerces Society and other MJV partners.
  • Plant.Grow.Fly - Plant.Grow.Fly is an initiative to increase habitat for pollinators in the Midwest, primarily in Iowa. The program is run out of the Blank Park Zoo in Des Moines, IA.
  • Pollinator Partnership Ecoregional Fueling Zone (Nectar Plant) Guides - These fueling zone guides provide recommendations for seasonal nectar plants for monarchs along the eastern U.S. migratory corridor.
  • Pollinator Partnership Ecoregional Planting Guides - These planting guides developed by the Pollinator Partnership are great for selecting native plants for pollinators in any region of the U.S.
  • Pollinators of Native Plants by Heather Holm - Heather Holm's simple resource describes different plants recommended for pollinators, including monarch butterflies.
  • Seeds of Success - Seeds of Success is the national native seed collection program, led by the Bureau of Land Management in partnership with a variety of federal agencies and non-federal organizations. SOS’s mission is to collect wildland native seed for research, development, germplasm conservation, and ecosystem restoration.
  • Xerces Society’s Pollinator Conservation Resource Center - This is a great resource center to aid in pollinator conservation planning efforts in different regions.

Farm Bill and Agriculture

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Using Farm Bill Programs for Pollinator Conservation

Using Farm Bill Programs for Pollinator Conservation

These guidelines provide a concise summary of how Farm Bill conservation programs, such as the Environmental Quality Incentive Program or the Conservation Reserve Program, can be used to restore or enhance habitat for pollinators on working farms and private lands.

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Rights of Way Resources

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Monarch Habitat Development on Utility Rights-of-Way

Monarch Habitat Development on Utility Rights-of-Way

This is the Northeast regional manual for establishing monarch habitat in utility right-of-way areas. Other regions (including Southeast, Southwest, and Northwest) are available online at http://www.pollinator.org/monarchs.htm.

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  • Integrated Roadside Vegetation Management - This technical manual for Integrated Roadside Vegetation Management sets the stage for a successful roadside work for pollinators in Iowa.
  • Literature Review: Pollinator Habitat Enhancement & BMPs in Highway Rights-of-Way - This review establishes the research foundation for the development of best management practices for pollinator habitat protection and enhancement in highway rights-of-way that will be described in two subsequent reports.
  • Pollinator BMPs for Roadsides and Other Rights-of-Way - The Minnesota Department of Ag has a great resource on best management practices for pollinators along roadsides and other right-of-way areas.
  • Pollinators and Roadsides - This Xerces Society document outlines important practices for managing roadsides for pollinators.
  • Pollinators and Roadsides: Best Management Practices for Managers and Decision Makers - These best management practices identify key steps that State DOTs can take to improve the quality of roadside habitat for pollinators including 1) adjusting roadside vegetation management techniques to accommodate pollinator resource needs, and 2) enhancing and restoring native roadside vegetation to include plant materials that improve pollinator habitat.
  • Prioritizing Pollinators in Corporate America - This white paper explains the issue of pollinators and their decline, and provides corporate case studies from across the U.S. that are helping to solve the problem.
  • Right-of-Way Stewardship Council - ROWSC is an accreditation program that establishes standards for responsible right-of-way vegetation management in corridors.
  • Rights-of-Way as Habitat Resources - A ROW working group facilitated by the Energy Resources Center has developed an informational page on ROW areas as habitat for wildlife, including monarchs. Check out the great resources they provide.
  • Rights-of-Way as Habitat Working Group - This group is focused on utility and transportation sectors. They provide a forum to collaborate and share ideas, best practices, and other information to promote successful habitat projects along rights-of-way.
  • Roadside Vegetation Management Manual - TxDOT - This manual illustrates environmentally friendly land management along roadsides and was created by the Texas Department of Transportation.
  • Texas DOT: Planting Wildflower Guidelines - These guidelines provide information about wildflower planting rates, sowing seeds, and understanding plant characteristics in relation to roadside maintenance.
  • The Economic and Ecological Effects of Roadside Mowing - This webinar by the Ohio Department of Transportation answers questions from roadside managers about the value of conducting one late season mow back. Scott Lucas of ODOT Central Office and Bonnie Harper-Lore, a noted roadside restoration authority, are panelists for this 1 ½ hr. presentation.

Gardening

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Monarch Waystation Brochure

Monarch Waystation Brochure

This brochure describes Monarch Waystations, a program run by Monarch Watch to promote installation of monarch habitats in a variety of landscapes.

Plant Grow Fly: Planting Your Garden Brochure

Plant Grow Fly: Planting Your Garden Brochure

This brochure by Blank Park Zoo's Plant. Grow. Fly. program provides a guide to planting a garden for pollinators in the upper Midwest.

Plant Grow Fly: You Can Save Pollinators Brochure

Plant Grow Fly: You Can Save Pollinators Brochure

This brochure describes the Plant. Grow. Fly. program at the Blank Park Zoo in Des Moines Iowa, background information on pollinator decline, and what you can do to help.

Links

  • Monarch Gardens and Community Action - Creating habitat and getting others involved are two of the most important ways we can protect and conserve the monarch butterfly. Experts from Monarch Joint Venture partner organizations Wild Ones and the National Wildlife Federation will present their best practices for using these important conservation strategies in this Monarch Conservation Webinar.
  • Monarch Watch Waystation Program - Monarch Waystations are places that provide resources necessary for monarchs to produce successive generations and sustain their migration. To offset the loss of milkweeds and nectar sources we need to create, conserve, and protect milkweed/monarch habitats. You can help monarchs by creating "Monarch Waystations" (monarch habitats) in home gardens, at schools, businesses, parks, zoos, nature centers, along roadsides, and on other unused plots of land.
  • Monarch Waystation Map & Registry - This site shows a list of registered Monarch Watch Monarch Waystations with an interactive map.
  • Plant.Grow.Fly - Plant.Grow.Fly is an initiative to increase habitat for pollinators in the Midwest, primarily in Iowa. The program is run out of the Blank Park Zoo in Des Moines, IA.
  • Prioritizing Pollinators in Corporate America - This white paper explains the issue of pollinators and their decline, and provides corporate case studies from across the U.S. that are helping to solve the problem.

Conservation Plans

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North American Monarch Conservation Plan

North American Monarch Conservation Plan

Published by the Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC), this conservation plan provides the foundation for the MJV’s work.

2016 Monarch Conservation Implementation Plan

2016 Monarch Conservation Implementation Plan

The 2016 Monarch Conservation Implementation Plan is designed to identify and prioritize current important actions for monarch conservation in the United States, and promote cooperation between diverse organizations working together to achieve the goals outlined in the plan. Any individual or entity involved in monarch conservation is encouraged to utilize this plan to identify and integrate priority monarch conservation actions into their existing or planned efforts. The MJV will use this plan as a guiding document to support ongoing or new conservation actions by partners in 2016 (and beyond), recognizing that it will take an “all hands on deck” approach to reach our nation’s population and habitat targets.

2015 MJV Implementation Plan

2015 MJV Implementation Plan

MJV updates their implementation plan annually. This document is derived from the North American Monarch Conservation Plan.

Monarch Butterfly Monitoring in North America

Monarch Butterfly Monitoring in North America

Published by the Commission for Environmental Cooperation, this handbook provides an introduction to each of the monarch monitoring programs underway in North America. Many of these are citizen science programs that you can join.

Links

  • Minnesota Prairie Conservation Plan - This Minnesota plan identifies core prairie conservation areas and creates a vision of a connected landscape of prairie habitat from Canada to Iowa.
  • National Seed Strategy for Rehabilitation and Restoration 2015-2020 - This strategy is designed to provide a more coordinated approach among tribal, state, federal, local and private entities to restoring plant communities in response to the increasing rate at which they are being altered by natural and human caused events.
  • Texas Monarch & Native Pollinator Conservation Plan - This plan outlines actions in Texas that will contribute to monarch and overall native pollinator conservation in Texas. It highlights four broad categories of monarch and native pollinator conservation: habitat conservation, education and outreach, research and monitoring, and partnerships.

Monarch Education

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National Park Service Pollinator Bulletin

National Park Service Pollinator Bulletin

This bulletin by the National Park Service outlines the basis of what pollinators are, why they are important, and what we can do to protect them.

Maiden of the Monarchs

Maiden of the Monarchs

Discoverer of the monarch butterfly wintering site in Mexico, Catalina Aguado Trail, breaks decades of silence to tell her story. This article in Texas Parks and Wildlife Magazine shares her memories and story about the discovery.

Student Call to Action (short)

Student Call to Action (short)

Dr. Karen Oberhauser issues a challenge to students to get involved in monarch conservation. Download the letter (short) and share it with any students that you interact with.

Student Call to Action

Student Call to Action

Dr. Karen Oberhauser issues a challenge to students to get involved in monarch conservation. Download the letter and share it with any students that you interact with.

Wild for Monarchs Bookmark

Wild for Monarchs Bookmark

Wild Ones has created a bookmark as a part of their Wild for Monarchs Campaign to educate citizens about restoring monarch habitat using native plants.

Monarch Watch Migration Map

Monarch Watch Migration Map

Monarch Watch has developed a monarch migration map to illustrate the annual journey monarchs make to and from their overwintering grounds.

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  • Bas Relief - Bas Rea is an author, illustrator and editor who has created monarch educational materials such as posters, books and coloring pages.
  • Driven to Discover Videos - Youth and Citizen Science - This short video series highlights the University of Minnesota Extension Driven to Discover project and getting youth involved in citizen science. Hear from the youth about their projects and learn what scientists are doing to help!
  • Driven to Discover: Citizen Science Research Curricula - The Driven to Discover curriculum is a step-by-step guide for implementing different citizen science programs (including monarchs) in your setting.
  • Flight of the Butterflies - This 3D IMAX film tells the story of Dr. Fred Urquhart's journey with monarch butterflies and the phenomenal monarch migration. The film's associated curricula materials are provided in this link.
  • Journey North - Journey North is a citizen science program that focuses on migratory organisms, including gray whales, hummingbirds, American robins, whooping cranes, and monarchs. They have a variety of educational materials about monarch conservation and biology.
  • MJV YouTube Channel - The MJV YouTube Channel highlights videos of our partner organizations and representatives covering a variety of different topics.
  • Monarch Butterfly USA and Monarch Magic - This website provides a great educational book for monarchs called Monarch Magic. With other information about monarchs on the site, it is a very useful tool for educators.
  • Monarch Conservation Webinar Series - The MJV is partnering with the USFWS to develop a series of webinars regarding many aspects of monarch biology and conservation. The webinars can be viewed live and via the NCTC archive.
  • Monarch Habitat Success Stories Map - Visit monarch habitats all over the country by using MJV's interactive map. Learn what others are doing to conserve monarchs and submit your own habitat success story!
  • Monarch Joint Venture & Partner Powerpoint Presentations - Monarch Joint Venture and our partners have developed basic overview presentations of monarch and pollinator biology and conservation for public use. These presentations may be downloaded for any non-commercial use (for education only). IMPORTANT: The appropriate organization listed in the powerpoint should be credited as a source of the material, and photo and graphic credits should always remain as they are displayed in the original presentation. You may add or remove slides depending on your needs in the Monarch Joint Venture presentations.
  • Monarch Larva Monitoring Project Online Training - Learn about monarch biology and monitoring by watching MLMP's online video tutorials.
  • Parks and Kids Saving the Monarch Butterfly - The National Recreation and Parks Association hosted this webinar about how parks and kids can help to save the monarch butterfly. Dr. Karen Oberhauser is the keynote speaker of this presentation.
  • Pollinator Health Legislation - This describes different state and federal legislation surrounding pollinators and their health.
  • Pollinator LIVE: A Distance Learning Adventure - View broadcast and webcast programs about pollinators geared for grades 4 to 8.
  • Project Monarch Health Classroom Resources - Monarch Health provides classroom resources, including learning tools, presentations, and classroom activities relating to monarch parasites (particularly the OE parasite).
  • Saving the Monarch Butterfly USFWS Video Series - In this video series “Saving The Monarch Butterfly,” Kim Betton reports on research and partnership successes through the Monarch Joint Venture, State Wildlife Action Plans, the value of educating our youth – our future conservationists, and how you can get involved to help make a difference.
  • The Birds and the Bees and . . .The Beetles? Why we should care about pollinators - This US Fish and Wildlife Service downloadable presentation provides an introduction to pollinators. It was developed for refuges, nature centers, scouts, 4-H, and other leaders to download and use as an introduction to local observation of pollinators.
  • Wild for Monarchs PowerPoint Presentation - The Wild for Monarchs PowerPoint presentation is a great educational tool for anyone looking to give a talk about monarchs.
  • Youth Education Webinar: The Magic of Monarchs - The Texas Wildlife Association and Monarch Watch have created a youth education webinar about the monarch life cycle, migration and what we can do to help conserve monarchs. The webinar has a follow along worksheet, post webinar activities and asks students questions throughout the program. Scroll down to find the Magic of Monarchs webinar on the TWA website.

Citizen Science

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Monarch Butterfly Monitoring in North America

Monarch Butterfly Monitoring in North America

Published by the Commission for Environmental Cooperation, this handbook provides an introduction to each of the monarch monitoring programs underway in North America. Many of these are citizen science programs that you can join.

Monarch Health Brochure

Monarch Health Brochure

Participate in Monarch Health, a citizen science program helping to track the monarch OE parasite.

Monarch Larva Monitoring Project Brochures

Monarch Larva Monitoring Project Brochures

This brochure describes the Monarch Larva Monitoring Project. It provides an overview of the project, and gives information about how everyone can get involved with monitoring.

Wild Ones Citizen Science Brochure

Wild Ones Citizen Science Brochure

Wild Ones endorses member participation in monarch citizen science programs and offers some tips for how to get started.

Links

  • Butterflies and Moths of North America - Report your Lepidoptera sightings to BAMONA or learn more about nearly 6,000 different Lepidoptera species.
  • Cape May Monarch Monitoring Project - The Monarch Monitoring Project, or Cape May Monitoring Project, focuses on the fall migration of monarchs along the Atlantic coast, specifically through Cape May.
  • Contributions of Monarch Citizen Science & Program Overviews - Monarch citizen science has been critical to our understanding of this iconic species. Four main programs will be covered in-depth in this Monarch Conservation Webinar, representing multiple aspects of monarch biology: Journey North and Monarch Watch (tracking the migration), Monarch Larva Monitoring Project (tracking egg and larval abundance), and Monarch Health (tracking monarch parasites). Outcomes of these and other citizen science programs will be shared.
  • Correo Real - To track the monarch migration through northern Mexico, volunteers throughout northern Mexico report counts and observations to Correo Real during the fall migration.
  • eButterfly - eButterfly allows citizen scientists across North America to report butterfly sightings and upload and store their photos and sightings.
  • Illinois Butterfly Monitoring Network - The Illinois Butterfly Monitoring Network is a citizen science based monitoring program focused on monitoring butterfly populations in Illinois.
  • Journey North - Journey North is a citizen science program that focuses on migratory organisms, including gray whales, hummingbirds, American robins, whooping cranes, and monarchs. They have a variety of educational materials about monarch conservation and biology.
  • Monarch Alert - Monarch Alert conducts research and citizen scientist monitoring to better document the western monarch overwintering population.
  • Monarch Health - Monarch Health is a citizen science project and research lab based at the University of Georgia dedicated to researching the monarch parasite, OE.
  • Monarch Larva Monitoring Project - The Monarch Larva Monitoring Project is a citizen science effort to track monarch eggs and larvae across North America during the breeding season.
  • Monarch Larva Monitoring Project Online Training - Learn about monarch biology and monitoring by watching MLMP's online video tutorials.
  • Monarch Net - Monarch Net is a centralized resource of butterfly- and monarch-focused citizen science programs with a database of monitoring data, and a library of research published using monarch-focused citizen science.
  • Monarch Watch Tagging - To determine monarch migration routes, and weather influence and survival during monarch migrations, Monarch Watch launched a tagging program to mark individual monarchs with a unique identification.
  • NABA Butterfly Counts - The North American Butterfly Association hosts a Butterfly Counts program for citizen scientists to collect data about butterfly populations while enjoying time with friends, family and neighbors.
  • Ohio Butterfly Monitoring Program - This citizen science program of the Ohio Lepidopterists focuses on long-term monitoring of butterfly populations in Ohio.
  • Pacific Northwest Tagging - Visit the Monarch Butterflies in the Pacific Northwest page for information about tagging monarchs in this area or contact them at monarch@wsu.edu.
  • Peninsula Point Monitoring Project - Peninsula Point Monitoring Project is an effort managed by the U.S. Forest Service to monitor monarch larvae and conduct migration counts on the northern shore of Lake Michigan.
  • Southwest Monarch Study - The Southwest Monarch Study tracks migration and breeding patterns of monarchs in the southwestern U.S., most notably Arizona.
  • Western Monarch Count Resource Center - This website provides all the information necessary to observe and count monarchs overwintering in California.

Monarch Research

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Managing monarch butterfly overwintering groves: making room among the eucalyptus

Managing monarch butterfly overwintering groves: making room among the eucalyptus

This research by Monarch Alert, published in California Fish and Game 2015, describes whether or not monarchs exhibit a preference for native vs. non-native tree species in overwintering groves in California.

Top 10 Findings: Status of D. plexippus in Arizona

Top 10 Findings: Status of D. plexippus in Arizona

This summary of Morris et al. (2015) provides key findings from Arizona based research yielding insights into monarch migration and breeding in Arizona.

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  • Baum Lab at OSU - The Baum Lab research focuses on the effects of landscape structure on the distribution, abundance, and movement of organisms. Current research projects focus on pollinators including monarchs, disease vectors, threatened/endangered species, and invasive species.
  • De Roode Lab at Emory University - The De Roode Lab studies the ecology and evolution of parasites and their hosts as well as the genetics of monarch butterfly migration. They use monarch butterflies, human malaria, honeybees, fruit flies and worms to understand the evolution of parasite virulence, animal medication and drug resistance.
  • Enhancing Monarch Butterfly Reproduction by Mowing Fields of Common Milkweed - This study examined if mowing milkweed during the growing season increases monarch reproduction. Mowing can positively affect milkweed growth and suitability to monarch eggs and larvae, but timing of mowing is critical and varies regionally.
  • Monarch Alert - Monarch Alert conducts research and citizen scientist monitoring to better document the western monarch overwintering population.
  • Monarch Conservation Science Partnership - The MCSP is a collaboration between government, academia and NGO sectors to advance monarch science status and needs in the US.
  • Monarch Health - Monarch Health is a citizen science project and research lab based at the University of Georgia dedicated to researching the monarch parasite, OE.
  • Monarch Net - Monarch Net is a centralized resource of butterfly- and monarch-focused citizen science programs with a database of monitoring data, and a library of research published using monarch-focused citizen science.
  • Monarch Research and Advanced Topics - Dr. Sonia Altizer, Dr. Lincoln Brower, and Dr. Karen Oberhauser discuss advanced research topics in this Monarch Conservation Webinar. Learn about cutting edge monarch research using new techniques to answer questions about things like migration and population genetics. Additionally, learn about research in the areas of overwintering monarchs, disease spread, natural enemies, population trends, and climate change.
  • The Reppert Lab - Dr. Steven M. Reppert and his associates at the University of Massachusetts Medical School use anatomical, cellular, molecular, electrophysiological, genetic and behavioral approaches to more fully understand the biological basis of monarch migration, with a focus on the butterfly's navigational abilities and its distinctive circadian clock. Their website is intended as a resource and a gateway for monarch lovers of all stripes (and spots).
  • University of Minnesota Monarch Lab - The University of Minnesota Monarch Lab is an educational and research program focused on the use of monarchs as a tool in classroom and outdoor education.
  • WWF Wildlife and Climate Change Series: Monarch Butterfly - This report illustrates climate vulnerability rankings for monarchs and provides climate-adaptive management recommendations.

Western Monarchs

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Legal Status of California Monarchs

Legal Status of California Monarchs

This review of all laws and regulations that govern the management of California overwintering sites is the result of The Xerces Society's work with Professor Chris Wold at The Lewis and Clark Law School's International Environmental Law Project.

Managing monarch butterfly overwintering groves: making room among the eucalyptus

Managing monarch butterfly overwintering groves: making room among the eucalyptus

This research by Monarch Alert, published in California Fish and Game 2015, describes whether or not monarchs exhibit a preference for native vs. non-native tree species in overwintering groves in California.

Overwintering Habitat Monitoring Report

Overwintering Habitat Monitoring Report

The Xerces Society has compiled their protocols and findings regarding monarch overwintering site assessment in California.

Plaskett Creek (Los Padres National Forest) Management Guidelines

Plaskett Creek (Los Padres National Forest) Management Guidelines

The Xerces Society worked with land managers at Plaskett Creek Campground within Los Padres National Forest to create a management plan to sustain the habitat for overwintering monarchs.

Western Monarchs in Peril

Western Monarchs in Peril

This brochure produced by the Xerces Society focuses on western monarch breeding and overwintering and the need for conservation in the west.

2013 Overwintering Habitat Monitoring Report

2013 Overwintering Habitat Monitoring Report

During the 2013 overwintering season, the Xerces Society and Monarch Alert partnered with MJV to assess and monitor 16 privately owned overwintering sites determined to be historically significant for monarchs.

Milkweed and Monarchs in the Western U.S.

Milkweed and Monarchs in the Western U.S.

This guide helps natural resource agencies and land managers manage, protect and enhance milkweed stands on their land. It has information on monarch and milkweed biology, the importance of milkweed and monarchs, threats to monarchs and their breeding habitat and how land managers can help.

Native Milkweeds of the Desert Southwest

Native Milkweeds of the Desert Southwest

This native milkweed guide covers the deserts of the interior western United States, providing profiles of recommended native milkweed plants and information about milkweed conservation practices in this region.

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  • Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History Monarch Monitoring Project - The Pacific Grove Museum and other partners have studied Western overwintering sites and measured their population and parasitism rates. In this report, data from the 2014-2015 overwintering season is presented including overwintering population data and tagging and parasite sampling effort including any results received to date from academic partners.
  • Western Monarch Count Resource Center - This website provides all the information necessary to observe and count monarchs overwintering in California.
  • Western Monarch Milkweed Survey - Help document milkweed habitat in the western U.S. by reporting to the western monarch milkweed survey.

Spanish Resources

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MJV Fact Sheet (Spanish)

MJV Fact Sheet (Spanish)

This fact sheet provides a quick introduction to the monarch migration, monarch conservation issues, and the Monarch Joint Venture.

Plant Milkweed Bookmark (Spanish)

Plant Milkweed Bookmark (Spanish)

The Plant Milkweed for Monarchs brochure comes in both English and Spanish languages.

Jardinería para Monarcas

Jardinería para Monarcas

Crear un hábitat para las mariposas monarca y demás polinizadores.

Temas de discusión sobre la conservación de la mariposa monarca

Temas de discusión sobre la conservación de la mariposa monarca

Estos temas de discusión describen el valor de la migración de la monarca, los beneficios de conservarlas y las medidas necesarias para conservar su migración.

Criar monarcas

Criar monarcas

Guía para criar monarcas en casa o en el aula

Siembra algodoncillo para las Monarca

Siembra algodoncillo para las Monarca

Seleccionar y encontrar plantas de algodoncillo

Posibles riesgos de sembrar algodoncillo exótico para monarcas

Posibles riesgos de sembrar algodoncillo exótico para monarcas

Las monarca que se reproducen todo el año en el algodoncillo tropical se enfrentan a varios retos.

Embellezcamos Nuestros Jardines y Protejamos las Mariposas Monarca, Sembrando Algodoncillos.

Embellezcamos Nuestros Jardines y Protejamos las Mariposas Monarca, Sembrando Algodoncillos.

This Spanish document was written by Dr. Nadia Navarrete-Tindall of Lincoln University’s Cooperative Extension in cooperation with Missouri Prairie Foundation's Grow Native program.

2015 Press Release (Spanish): Overwintering Population

2015 Press Release (Spanish): Overwintering Population

2015 eastern overwintering monarch population report (Spanish).

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Ordering Materials

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MJV Materials Order Form

MJV Materials Order Form

To order MJV materials, fill out and return this form to mjv@umn.edu by email.

Mail Donation Form

Mail Donation Form

If you'd like to donate to the MJV by check (or mail), use this form to accompany your donation.

Links

  • Missourians for Monarchs Items - Missourians for Monarchs shirts, mugs, and all sorts of interesting items are now available to order. The designer, Beth Caldwell, will return 15% of profits from all butterfly design sales (not just Missourians for Monarchs items) to their partnership to purchase seeds and plants in 2016.
  • Monarch Store: University of Minnesota Monarch Lab - The Monarch Store from the University of Minnesota Monarch Lab is your one-stop shop for monarch materials. Here, you will find their original "Monarchs and More" curriculum, as well as posters, books, videos, and many other monarch-related items.
  • Monarch Watch Shop - Monarch Watch is a nonprofit educational outreach program based at the University of Kansas that focuses on the monarch butterfly, its habitat, and its spectacular fall migration. Each purchase in the Monarch Watch Shop supports their education, conservation, and research programs.
  • Native Plant Society of Texas: Bring Back the Monarch to Texas - You can support NPSOT's Bring Back the Monarchs to Texas program by purchasing a selection of monarch specific t-shirts as well as other NPSOT items.

MJV Documents

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2009-2014 MJV Annual Report

2009-2014 MJV Annual Report

The 2009-2014 report was prepared for the U.S. Forest Service in 2014. It describes the structure and organization of the MJV partnership, includes MJV and partner accomplishments, and provides a financial and investments summary.

MJV 2015 Annual Report

MJV 2015 Annual Report

The 2015 MJV Annual Report was prepared in November 2015 in preparation for the Monarch Joint Venture annual partner meeting.

Monarch Joint Venture Bylaws

Monarch Joint Venture Bylaws

Operating procedures and bylaws for the MJV partnership and steering committee.

Monarch Habitat Success Story Manual Entry Form

Monarch Habitat Success Story Manual Entry Form

This form allows you to submit your monarch habitat to our Map of Monarch Habitat Success Stories, if the online submission form does not work for you.

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