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 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.
Recognizing that North American monarch (Danaus plexippus) conservation is a responsibility of Mexico, Canada and the United States, as identified in the North American Monarch Conservation Plan, this Joint Venture will work throughout the U.S. to conserve and protect monarch populations and their migratory phenomena by implementing science-based habitat conservation and restoration measures in collaboration with multiple stakeholders.
Our mission will be achieved by coordinating and facilitating partnerships and communications in the U.S. and North America to deliver a combination of habitat conservation, education, and research and monitoring.
The vision of this Joint Venture is abundant monarch populations to sustain the monarch migratory phenomena into perpetuity, and more broadly to promote monarchs as a flagship species whose conservation will sustain habitats for pollinators and other plants and animals.
The MJV is housed physically and fiscally at the University of Minnesota.
The MJV is committed to conserving the monarch butterfly migration by focusing conservation efforts within the United States.
More than 70 partners from across the U.S. are working together in an effort to conserve the monarch migration.
Expertise and guidance from the MJV leadership team is essential in the success of this partnership organization.
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.
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