Partnering to conserve the monarch butterfly migration

MJV Projects: Habitat Conservation and Enhancement

On public and private lands, MJV partners are working with various landowners and land managers to restore monarch breeding and overwintering habitats. Monarch caterpillars need milkweed to grow and develop, and adults need nectar to give them energy and overwintering sites in which to rest. The MJV works to improve and maintain habitat for monarchs in each stage of their life cycle.

Bringing Back the Prairie, Building Habitat for Monarchs

The U.S. Corn Belt is the heart of the eastern monarch's breeding ground, and abundant milkweed is needed in this region to support monarch numbers. The Iowa DNR's Prairie Resource Center is helping to restore this habitat across Iowa each year.  Read More »

Building Habitat for Monarchs

The Iowa DNR will construct a greenhouse to increase local production of native milkweeds and other forbs in partnership with the USFWS, the Iowa DNR Parks Bureau, and the Iowa Department of Corrections.  Read More »

Creating Habitat in Agricultural Margins

The Xerces Society and NRCS are engaging landowners in installing large-scale pollinator habitats on farms in many states.  Read More »

Creating Habitat in Corporate Landscapes and Utility Right-of-Way Areas

The Pollinator Partnership is encouraging corporations and utility companies to establish monarch habitat in corporate landscapes and right-of-way areas by providing specific habitat installation guidelines.  Read More »

Cuesta Kato Habitat Demonstration

Back to Natives Restoration connects the community to habitat restoration through service learning and native plant education.  Read More »

Eastern Nectar Plant Recommendations for Monarchs

Timely nectar plants are important for monarchs during their spring and fall migrations. Pollinator Partnership is working to develop native nectar plant recommendations for different regions.  Read More »

Effects of Grazing versus Fire for Prairie Management

Minnesota's prairies depend on disturbance. With funding from the Environment & Natural Resources Trust Fund, USGS and University of Minnesota researchers are working to determine how management strategies influences prairie plants, bees and butterflies.  Read More »

Establishing Prairie Plantings

The Missouri Prairie Foundation (MPF) will establish prairie plantings on three sites containing both original prairie and also degraded areas to be improved, from just south of Kansas City, MO to just south of Joplin, MO.  Read More »

Expanding the Monarch Waystation Program

The Monarch Waystation program promotes individuals, municipalities, nature centers, zoos and other businesses to construct and maintain monarch habitats all over the U.S.  Read More »

FFA Monarch Garden Grants

The USFWS, Monarch Joint Venture and Monarch Lab are partnering to provide five $1000 grants to FFA chapters to install monarch habitat gardens at schools and farms.  Read More »

Great Milkweed Grow Out Seed Amplification and Research

The Desert Botanical Garden is amplifying their milkweed seed production and propagation and will monitor research plots to gain a better understanding of milkweeds, monarchs, and other pollinators in the region.  Read More »

Integrated Vegetation Management on Pipeline Rights-of-way and Habitat Conservation Potential

Rights-of-way (ROWs), roadsides, and other neglected but importantly ubiquitous landscape features offer unique potential with regards to Monarch and pollinator conservation.  Read More »

Invasive Swallow-wort Assessment and Control at Peninsula Point

Swallow-wort can serve as a sink for monarchs, as monarch eggs that are laid on this invasive species will not survive. MJV and partners are researching to find control methods.  Read More »

Mayors for Monarchs

Cities and municipalities are committing to create monarch habitat and educate citizens about how they can make a difference for monarchs at home through the new National Wildlife Federation’s Mayors' Monarch Pledge.  Read More »

Mid-America Monarch Conservation Strategy

The purpose of the Mid-America Monarch Conservation Strategy is to facilitate cohesive, coordinated conservation actions necessary to recover the eastern monarch butterfly population through establishment of regional and state goals and strategies.  Read More »

Milkweed to Monarchs Restoration and Education

The Cincinnati Nature Center is working to restore parcels of their property for monarchs, seed collection, and education.  Read More »

Missouri Monarch Butterfly Habitat Education Campaign for Private Landowners

In this project, the coalition is working on reaching out to three audiences in Missouri to bring about landscape level conservation: agricultural producers and farmers, the general public, and conservation organizations.  Read More »

Monarch and Habitat Monitoring Addressing Data Gaps

The Monarch Lab is receiving funding to support developer needs for the MLMP website and Monarch SOS mobile application.  Read More »

Monarch and Milkweed Habitat Restoration in Eastern Oklahoma

Monarch Watch is partnering with Native tribes in Oklahoma to restore milkweeds to large areas in the eastern part of the state, a region that is essential to monarch migration.  Read More »

Monarch Breeding Habitat Assessment Tool

University of Minnesota researchers are developing a protocol to identify precisely what makes good monarch breeding habitat, so that we can evaluate and improve monarch habitat enhancement and restoration projects.  Read More »

Monarch Success Stories Program

The University of Minnesota Monarch Lab is working with the MJV to develop a monarch habitat recognition program, in order to recognize and share successful habitat installation stories from across the U.S.  Read More »

Monarch Watch Conservation Specialist Group

Monarch Watch has recruited citizen scientist Conservation Specialists to be ambassadors for monarch conservation.  Read More »

Monarch Wings Across California

Monarch Wings Across California will support the western monarch migration through strategic habitat enhancements and novel research.  Read More »

Monarch Wings Across Ohio: Transforming Urban Areas

Pollinator Partnership is working to transformed degraded urban areas into monarch research gardens, resulting in monarch habitat restoration as well as ongoing training and research opportunities.  Read More »

Overwintering Habitat Management Plans for Los Padres National Forest and Monarch Sanctuary Grove

The Xerces Society is exploring new and monitoring existing sites in California's Los Padres National Forest and Monarch Sanctuary Grove and has developed land management plans for the sites to ensure they remain suitable habitats for monarchs.  Read More »

Pollinator Habitat Demonstration Sites in Agricultural Areas

With support from the New York Community Trust, MJV partners are working to install pollinator habitat demonstration sites in agricultural areas of the Midwest.  Read More »

Protecting and Monitoring California Overwintering Sites

The Xerces Society has identified and is closely monitoring current and historic monarch overwintering locations in California.  Read More »

Regional Monarch Nectar Plant Lists

The Xerces Society is developing regional nectar plants lists to provide a comprehensive, regional guide to plants that are highly attractive to monarchs, bloom at the times when monarchs need them, locally appropriate, commercially available, and hardy.  Read More »

The I-35 Monarch Highway

The 'Monarch Highway' initative launched in 2015 to create a multi-state partnership bringing together state DOTs and other partners along Interstate-35 to catalyze conservation action and outreach along the highway corridor for monarchs and wildlife.  Read More »

USFS Pollinator Gardens and Other Habitat Enhancement Projects

The U.S. Forest Service is creating and enhancing monarch habitat through establishing pollinator gardens, managing for monarchs on Forest Service land, and including milkweed and nectar plants in restoration efforts.  Read More »

Workshops for Overwintering Site Land Managers and Citizen Science Monitors

Xerces aims to educate overwintering site land managers and citizen scientists to help protect and enhance monarch overwintering sites in California.  Read More »