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The MJV has a New Partner: Coastal Virginia Wildlife Observatory

Aug 15, 2019


  • MJV Partnership News

The MJV welcomes a new partnership with Coastal Virginia Wildlife Observatory (CVWO). In the 25 years since the founding of CVWO, they have been devoted to their mission of protecting wildlife through field research, education and habitat conservation. Their work includes both collecting and sharing their data on monarchs through one of their signature programs: The Monarch Butterfly Migration Program. 

A biologist holds a tagged monarch butterfly.Currently in their 22nd season, the CVWO Monarch Butterfly Migration Program takes place at Kiptopeke State Park, the Eastern Shore of Virginia National Wildlife Refuge, and other locations on the Delmarva Peninsula of Virginia. The program includes butterfly counts, observation of roost sites, and tagging of migrating monarchs. Formal and informal educational programs are offered to the public. Data is submitted to Monarch Watch. Through the MJV, CVWO plans to share their findings on monarch project activities and conservation efforts. 

In addition to the Monarch Butterfly Migration Program, CVWO also establishes and maintains pollinator gardens and conducts research on other butterfly species. By partnering with MJV, CVWO is excited to continue to build and share their monitoring, education and habitat work to conserve monarchs and other wildlife. The MJV looks forward to this new partnership and what we will achieve together!


The Monarch Joint Venture is a national partnership of federal and state agencies, non-governmental organizations, businesses and academic programs working together to conserve the monarch butterfly migration. The content in this article does not necessarily reflect the positions of all Monarch Joint Venture partners. Photos by Candy Sarikonda and CVWO.