Partnering to conserve the monarch butterfly migration


Upcoming Monarch Joint Venture Events

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Monarch Conservation Webinar Series:

  • 2:00-3:00 PM Eastern, Thursday August 31st- There and back again: the compasses monarchs use to get to and return from Mexico, with Dr. Patrick Anthony Guerra (University of Cincinnati Department of Biological Sciences, Assistant Professor)
    How do monarch butterflies orient southwards during the fall migration in order to reach the overwintering sites in Mexico? How do monarchs re-orient during the spring remigration in order to return northwards? This webinar will provide an overview of how monarchs use various sensory-based orientation mechanisms for directionality. In particular, the webinar focuses on describing how monarchs employ two types of compasses that they can use to help guide them during migration, namely a time-compensated sun compass and an inclination-based magnetic compass. In addition to reviewing our basic knowledge of monarch navigation, this webinar will also describe how the use of these compasses by monarchs is potentially now under threat due to contemporary environmental stressors, such as climate change and sensory noise pollution.
    Register here!

View previous webinars and get more information here.

Celebrating Monarchs: Monarch Joint Venture Reception

Join us at the San Antonio Zoo on November 7th for an evening of celebrating these iconic butterflies, and helping them take flight. You can support monarchs by enjoying a delicious meal, a silent auction and mingling with monarch experts and enthusiasts. In the face of declines in monarch numbers and habitat availability, MJV partners are pooling their efforts to protect monarch and pollinator habitat for future generations. Your support is critical to our success.
Get tickets and find out more here.

Monarch Monitoring Training

Monarch populations have declined by more than 80% in recent decades. Your help is needed! Join Monarch Joint Venture, the Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin, the WI Citizen-based Monitoring Network, the University of Minnesota Monarch Lab, the UW Extension, the Schlitz Audubon Nature Center, and the University of WI-Madison Arboretum for a monarch monitoring training. Collect critical monarch data in Wisconsin to help conservation partners understand monarch populations and protect monarchs and their habitat. Learn about monarch monitoring projects from University of Minnesota Monarch Lab experts including Monarch Larva Monitoring Project, Journey North and Project Monarch Health. Participants will be asked to volunteer 10 hours towards monarch monitoring efforts in 2018. Cost $65.00 (includes workshop, lunch, and monitoring kits). Two need-based scholarships will be awarded for each training. If interested, please complete the form on the registration page. For more information vist the University of Minnesota Monarch Lab website. If you have questions, email Becky Sapper,

  • 9:00AM - 4:00PM Central, August 3, 2017 - Schlitz Audubon Nature Center, 1111 E. Brown Deer Rd., Milwaukee, WI 53217.  Register by July 27, 2017. 
  • 9:00AM - 4:00PM Central, August 30, 2017 - UW-Madison Arboretum, 1207 Seminole Highway, Madison, WI 53711-3726. Register by August 23, 2017.

Monarchs on Farms Demonstration Days:

Join the MJV, Tallgrass Paririe Center and the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation for hands-on demonstrations, activities, and information about installing and managing native habitat for monarchs and other wildlife on farms. We are offering a series of field days across Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin. Choose the date and location that works best for you. Field days are free! Pre-registration is requested. Support for this project comes from the New York Community Trust.

Topics covered will include:

  • Site selection and site prep methods for native plantings
  • Seed mix design, planting methods, and management
  • Native plant ID and monitoring plant establishment
  • Monarch biology and conservation
  • Farm bill programs and funding opportunities for farmers
  • Beyond monarchs: benefits of habitat to wildlife & humans

Iowa Email Ashley to Register.

  • Weds. Sep 20, 9am-12pm Renewable Farm, Cedar Falls IA
  • Thurs. Sep 21, 4:30-6:30pm J.H. Roadman Memorial Park, Dike IA.

Minnesota Register here!

  • Thurs. Aug 3rd, 1-4pm Open Hands Farm, Spring Wind Farm, and Little Hill Berry Farm, Northfield, MN

Wisconsin Register here!

  • Fri. Aug 18th, 1-4pm Heidel Family Dairy Farm, Adell, WI


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