The Nature Conservancy is a global conservation organization dedicated to conserving the lands and waters on which all life depends. Guided by science, they create innovative, on-the-ground solutions to our world’s toughest challenges, so that nature and people can thrive together. They are tackling climate change, conservation of land and water, and helping make cities more sustainable. The Conservancy uses a collaborative approach that engages local communities, governments, the private sector, and other partners, now including the Monarch Joint Venture (MJV)!
“The Nature Conservancy has always recognized the importance of collaborative partnerships to achieving conservation outcomes,” says Temperince Morgan, executive director of The Nature Conservancy’s Florida Chapter, which has spearheaded the MJV partnership. “MJV and its network will help amplify critical protection and restoration efforts to support the monarch as well as all of us who benefit from healthy insect and pollinator populations.”
In the U.S., The Nature Conservancy protects and restores lands that are critical to functioning natural systems and provide habitat to monarchs and other wildlife. Through their work, they help to alleviate habitat loss and ensure that the monarch butterfly can continue their migration to and from healthy habitat in Mexico, throughout the U.S. and into Canada. Beyond this, they strive to educate and inspire the public with interactive, engagement campaigns, like The Monarch Initiative.
The Monarch Initiative integrates conservation messaging, digital and social media, public art, and cross-sector partnerships to transform how the community views and supports nature. Launching in Central Florida in spring 2018 and sponsored by Full Sail University, The Monarch Initiative highlights and supports Conservancy programs focused on habitat, sustainable development, climate change, and science education—all of which play a critical role in protecting monarchs and other pollinators.
“To enlist the support of a world renowned conservation organization whose work spans the globe is a big step forward for monarch conservation!” Says Wendy Caldwell, MJV Coordinator, “We're excited to bring the Conservancy into the fold and build on their expertise and incredible reach across North America.”
MJV and the Conservancy are happy to announce this new partnership to expand and improve monarch conservation. Bringing together the myriad partnerships of the Conservancy and the collaborative approach of the Monarch Joint Venture, we look forward to increasing the impact of our efforts far and wide.
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The Monarch Joint Venture is a national partnership of federal and state agencies, non-governmental organizations, 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. Header photo by Candy Sarikonda.