The MJV is a partnership of federal and state agencies, non-governmental agencies, and academic programs working together to protect monarchs and their migration. Our partners are experts in the fields of monarch conservation and education and are working to make colossal progress toward our ultimate goal of monarch conservation in the U.S.
As one of the oldest and largest restored tallgrass prairie preserves in the Houston-Galveston region of Texas, ABNC has long been focused on propagating pollinator food and host plants, including multiple native milkweed species.
The Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies is the professional association that serves as the collective voice of North America's state, provincial and territorial fish and wildlife agencies.
Back to Natives Restoration, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, is dedicated to the restoration and conservation of Orange County and California wildlands, through education and restoration programs featuring native plants as a centralizing theme.
The Bee City USA program endorses a set of commitments, defined in a resolution, for creating sustainable habitats for pollinators, which are vital to feeding the planet.
BLM will work with MJV to strengthen milkweed seed and plant availability nationwide and will work with partners to strengthen monarch conservation efforts, primarily the western U.S.
Cibolo Nature Center, in the Texas Hill Country, is in an area of high priority for monarch conservation. CNC is working with the MJV to provide monarch monitoring and conservation workshops for citizen scientists and Master Naturalists throughout the state.
The Cincinnati Nature center's regional Milkweed to Monarchs initiative supports monarch conservation in the Corn Belt, an important monarch breeding area. Focusing on Ohio partners, this initiative will help to increase monarch breeding habitat and awareness.
The Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix Arizona has been doing monarch conservation outreach for more than a decade and has been teaching and inspiring visitors from the local community and around the world for more than 70 years.
The Energy Resources Center of the University of Illinois - Chicago has been performing research and outreach related to pollinator habitat on working landscapes for nearly two years, including research on development of geospatial tools and land use analyses to help designate priority areas for monarch habitat, and outreach through facilitation of the Rights of Way as Habitat Working Group.
The Environmental Defense Fund is one of the world's largest environmental non-profits, which works to tackle threats with practical solutions. They are developing a new conservation tool for monarchs, the Monarch Butterfly Habitat Exchange.
The Field Museum was founded in 1893 as the Columbian Museum of Chicago and has spent more than 120 years in the pursuit of scientific knowledge about the world around us. The Field Museum is partnering with the USFWS and other partners to create an urban conservation plan for the monarch butterfly.
Dr. Jaret Daniels' lab at The Florida Museum of Natural History at the University of Florida conducts monarch research and public outreach initiatives across Florida.
Located in Hamilton County, Ohio with 2,000 acres of prairie and meadow habitat, Great Parks of Hamilton County uses their monarch habitat restoration sites to raise awareness about monarchs and pollinators.
GSA is a global peer-to-peer network of schools working to solve climate and conservation challenges. They are working with the MJV to implement monarch/pollinator conservation and education into their network.
The Prairie Resource Center of the Iowa DNR focuses on restoring Iowa's prairies to their native state. In partnership with MJV, Iowa's DNR has included native milkweed and nectar plants in their restoration efforts and continue to restore more habitat for monarchs each year.
Journey North is a citizen science program focused on migratory organisms, including monarchs. Their network of citizen scientists and monarch reports will aid in our understanding of the monarch migration and will inform many MJV conservation initiatives.
KCNPI, along with their many partners, has a vision of creating native landscapes where nature and people thrive together. Beyond their restoration efforts, KCNPI actively works to spark community involvement in conservation, and to disseminate information and educational resources to people of all ages.
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center is working with the MJV to improve milkweed availability in Texas and to improve native plant resources available for monarch habitat restoration plantings.
Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy is a volunteer-driven non-profit in Virginia working to promote healthy wildlife populations in Loudoun County and beyond. They are working with the MJV and other partners to restore monarch habitat and educate people far and wide.
Make Way for Monarchs brings together farmers, scientists, writers and artists to raise awareness about the dilemma faced by monarchs and milkweed across North America.
The Malibu Monarch Project is a local monarch butterfly education and conservation group in Malibu, CA. They raise awareness of the monarch plight and as an MJV partner, MMP will expand their work to cooperate with other groups using similar data collection methods, enhance exchange of information and provide a forum for collaboration in development of future projects.
Metro Blooms is a Minnesota Twin Cities based metropolitan group working to promote and celebrate gardening, to beautify our communities and help heal and protect our environment.
The Midwest Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies is an organization of 13 state and 3 provincial Midwest fish and wildlife agencies. It works to share ideas and information, pool resources, and initiate action to benefit the management and conservation of fish and wildlife resources in the Midwest.
The Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources comprises of local partners across Minnesota to to protect the state’s water and soil resources targeting local organizations and private landowners. BWSR’s Pollinator Initiative focuses on incorporating pollinator habitat in all of its programs to support restoration efforts.
The Nongame Wildlife Program of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources works to help over 700 species of Minnesota wildlife thrive. With the Monarch Joint Venture, they are working to protect the monarch butterfly as one of these species. Their mission is to protect, maintain, enhance, and restore native nongame wildlife resources for their intrinsic values, ecosystem functions, and long-term benefits.
Minnesota Native Landscapes is a full service ecological restoration company. Their ecological services range from native seeding to prescribed burning to bio-engineering, and they also produce a wide variety of locally grown native seed and plants suitable for monarchs and pollinators.
For 49 years, the Missouri Prairie Foundation has been conserving Missouri's prairies and other native grasslands. Together with the Monarch Joint Venture, MPF's Grow Native program educates and encourages production of native plants like milkweed and other nectar plants.
Missourians for Monarchs currently consists of nearly 30 partners representing citizens, conservation and agricultural organizations, government agencies, municipalities, utilities and agribusinesses. The collaborative seeks to work with all entities within the state who are interested in promoting pollinator conservation on public lands as well as agricultural and non-agricultural private lands.
Monarch Alert, is collaborating with other MJV partners to conduct research and analyses to promote increased understanding of the western monarch overwintering population and potential impacts of non-native milkweed species on monarchs. They coordinate tagging in California during the overwintering season to understand monarch movement during this time.
The Monarch Alliance (TMA) works in West Virginia and Maryland. The main activities of TMA involve educating the public on the monarch life cycle, the threats to its spectacular migration, and how the public can help by planting native habitats and engaging in citizen science.
The primary work of the Monarch Butterfly Fund is protecting overwintering sites in Mexico, and educating the communities there. Additionally, they coordinate with and support conservation efforts along monarch migratory pathways in the U.S. through the MJV.
Monarch Health is a citizen science project for volunteers to collect information about the monarch OE parasite. The project is working with the MJV to better understand the possible impacts of non-native tropical milkweed on the prevalence of OE in monarchs.
The University of Minnesota Monarch Lab is an educational program that works with MJV to improve monarch monitoring efforts by citizen scientists across the country and to promote and inform monarch conservation through research and education.
Monarch Watch is an educational outreach program at the University of Kansas. As an MJV partner, they promote conservation through the Monarch Waystation program, a tagging program for eastern monarchs, and by increasing the availability of native milkweed plugs through their Milkweed Market.
Monarchs Across Georgia is a committee of the non-profit Environmental Education Alliance of Georgia that is dedicated specifically to monarch education, habitat restoration, and citizen science.
The National Park Service is partnering with MJV to strengthen awareness and citizen science monitoring of monarchs and their habitat in national parks. They will also work to restore milkweed and nectar sources for monarchs to these lands.
NRPA is a national non-profit organization that broadly represents public parks and recreation across the United States. NRPA members work to engage the public in conservation in a variety of ways at the community level through activities such as citizen science, conservation and habitat projects, removal of invasive species, and creation of pollinator habitats.
In collaboration with MJV partners, NWF has become a voice for monarchs and other pollinators and is dedicated to their conservation, focusing on restoring habitat for monarchs through their Garden for Wildlife program and within the agricultural matrix.
NPSOT is a member based non-profit whose mission is to promote research, conservation and utilization of native plants and plant habitats of Texas through education, outreach and example. With the MJV, they educate the public about monarchs, milkweed and native plants online and through workshops, classes and other educational programs.
NRCS has engaged with many MJV partners in extensive efforts to increase milkweed seed availability in priority areas, and also to develop best practices for milkweed propagation.
The Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin was created in 1986 and connects generations to the wonders of Wisconsin’s lands, waters, and wildlife through conservation, education, engagement, and giving.
Naturedigger was launched in 2012 with the purpose of educating and involving people of all ages in nature, and delivering information and volunteer opportunities to them in the form of nature apps. Naturedigger is working with MJV partners to create the Monarch SOS app for monarch citizen science.
The North American Butterfly Association promotes the enjoyment and conservation of all butterfly species. With the MJV, NABA is working to improve butterfly habitat creation guidelines and boost their Butterfly Counts monitoring program.
The Northeast Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies represents state agencies in the northeastern portion of the U.S. and their contributions towards monarch conservation.
The Ohio Pollinator Habitat Initiative is a state based network that was formed in an effort to improve pollinator awareness and habitat across the state. Their strategic network of partners focuses on habitat creation and enhancement, education, and outreach.
In partnership with the MJV, Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History is working to engage citizens in monitoring overwintering butterflies in California, providing educational opportunities for youth and adults, and supporting habitat restoration in the state.
Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever are partnering with the MJV to merge habitat creation and restoration for monarchs, ground nesting birds and other wildlife species. They have already begun including milkweed in their habitat restoration projects throughout the country.
The mission of the Pollinator Partnership is to protect and promote pollinators and their ecosystems. Together with MJV, they are promoting monarch conservation, especially in corporate landscapes and utility right-of-way areas.
PRI is an ecological restoration company devoted to designing, restoring, and managing native prairie plant communities. PRI has nearly 40 years of expertise in native prairie restoration and an extensive network of partners and restored habitats in the Upper Midwestern U.S.
The San Antonio Zoo reaches over 1,000,000 guests each year with their exhibits and environmental education work. The Zoo is working to foster an appreciation for monarchs in by connecting visitors to the world of butterflies through their Monarchs and Milkweed Conservation Program.
Sand County Foundation is a non-profit conservation organization dedicated to working with private landholders across the nation to advance the use of ethical and scientifically sound land management practices for the benefit of people and the environment.
SEAFWA's members are state agencies in 15 southeastern states who are responsible for management and protection of fish and wildlife species in those states. In partnership with MJV, SEAFWA will help to facilitate a more coordinated effort by state agencies throughout the southeast to conserve the monarch migration.
The Southwest Monarch Study is a citizen science and conservation program based in the U.S. desert southwest, primarily Arizona. One focus of the program is tagging for western/southwestern monarchs, which will provide valuable information about this area, leading to more informed conservation actions.
The Tallgrass Prairie Center, based at the University of Northern Iowa, works to restore native habitats across the state. Together with the MJV, they will work to promote the commercial availability of native milkweed and creation of breeding habitat for monarchs in the Midwest.
Texan by Nature’s main goal is to activate new investments in conservation that are Texan-led, community-organized, and science-based. They make a unique positive impact by connecting, communicating, and catalyzing partnership: goals that dovetail perfectly with the MJV mission to support monarch conservation through communication, facilitation and partnership.
Texas is a crucial geographic area for monarch reproduction and migration. TPWD is teaming up with MJV to strengthen the creation and enhancement of native habitats for monarchs and other pollinators in the state, and is helping raise awareness through various outreach efforts.
Three Rivers Park District is a 27,000 acre park system in Minnesota. Their mission is to promote environmental stewardship through recreation and education in a natural resources-based park system. Together the MJV and TRPD will bring monarch conservation and education to their parks.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working as the lead agency in coordinating a U.S. High Level Working Group for monarchs. They are working with the MJV and our partners to integrate monarch conservation and educational programs into our nation's wildlife refuges.
The MJV operates primarily on funds from the U.S. Forest Service - International Programs. In addition, the Forest Service is working to expand monarch habitat by establishing pollinator gardens at USFS facilities and engaging in efforts to plant milkweed in public areas and in Forest Service lands.
The U.S. Geological Survey brings many scientific capabilities to monarch conservation. Through the coordinated efforts of MJV partners, USGS will help inform habitat restoration and monitoring, population monitoring, and other monarch conservation efforts coordinated by MJV.
The BES lab is conducting research and working to educate diverse audiences about the importance of biological diversity and sustainability. The BES Laboratory is conducting a research study to better understand monarch butterflies and milkweed in Texas.
WAFWA represents 23 states and provinces in the west and supports sound resource management and building partnerships at all levels to conserve native wildlife for the use and benefit of all citizens.
Wild Ones: Native Plants, Natural Landscapes, advocates for the use of native plant species in small and large-scale restoration projects. With the MJV, Wild Ones has initiated a Wild for Monarchs campaign to encourage their national audience to improve monarch habitat.
One of the world’s largest conservation organizations, WWF works in 100 countries and is supported by 1.2 million members in the United States and close to 5 million globally.
The Xerces Society promotes conservation of invertebrates and their habitat. They are working to conserve western monarch overwintering sites in California through monitoring, analyses, and educational programs; and to promote milkweed habitat improvement and monitoring efforts in the western and central U.S.