Downloads and Links

Downloads and Links

There are many free resources that you can use to educate yourself and others about monarchs. There are also many online resources about monarchs, milkweed, establishing habitat, and monarch conservation topics. MJV has compiled many of these online resources for you to use. Additional information and resources are available by visiting our partner's websites.

Any of the PDFs shown below can be downloaded and printed for free, and we encourage you to do so! If you would like to request hard copies of MJV materials, use the request form below to communicate your needs to us. We will process all requests as received, but due to limited resources and stock available, we may not be able to fulfill all requests. In order to help us provide these educational tools and support for other monarch conservation activities into the future, we recommend supporting the MJV program through a donation to help cover our costs for things such as printing and shipping outreach materials. Note that only the materials listed on the order form are ones that we have in stock. All other materials can be requested directly from partners that created those materials.  

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MJV Handouts

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Milkweed Information Sheet

Milkweed Information Sheet

This resource includes photos with habitat information for milkweed species common to each U.S. region. Find species known to be well-used by monarchs, and easy to establish in gardens and fields in your region.

Monarch Conservation: How to Get Involved

Monarch Conservation: How to Get Involved

Monarchs are in serious decline and an all-hands-on-deck approach is needed to protect their amazing migratory phenomenon. Everyone can contribute to monarch conservation through habitat creation, educating others, participating in research, or financial contributions to conservation groups. This handout provides an overview of monarch conservation and what you can do to get involved in many ways to support monarchs.

Gardening for Monarchs

Gardening for Monarchs

This informational flyer provides tips for how to create a garden that will attract monarchs and other butterflies and pollinators.

MJV Fact Sheet

MJV Fact Sheet

This fact sheet provides a quick introduction to the monarch migration, monarch conservation issues, and the Monarch Joint Venture. It includes a donation tear-off.

Mowing: Best Practices for Monarchs

Mowing: Best Practices for Monarchs

This handout provides regional timeframes during which management activities such as mowing may be less detrimental to local monarch populations.

Risks of Neonicotinoid Use to Pollinators

Risks of Neonicotinoid Use to Pollinators

Neonicotinoids, or neonics, are the most commonly used class of insecticides and are a growing concern among scientists and conservationists. This MJV handout delves into what neonics are, how they work and various paths the chemicals can take once applied. It also discusses the impacts neonics have on insects and other invertebrates, and offers potential solutions to the threats these insecticides pose to pollinators.

Monarch Citizen Science

Monarch Citizen Science

Learn about volunteer contributions to understanding an iconic insect and some of the main monarch citizen science programs to get involved in.

Rearing Monarchs Responsibly

Rearing Monarchs Responsibly

This flyer describes how to successfully raise wild collected eggs or caterpillars to adult monarch butterflies in your home or classroom.

Monarch and Milkweed Misconceptions

Monarch and Milkweed Misconceptions

When it comes to monarch conservation, one thing is certain – without milkweed (plant species in the genus Asclepias) there would be no monarchs. Milkweed is not always recognized for its important connection to monarchs, in fact, historically it has come with some very negative connotations. In this document, the Monarch Task Force of the North American Pollinator Protection Campaign aims to de-mystify some common monarch and milkweed misconceptions.

Potential Risks of Growing Exotic Milkweeds for Monarchs

Potential Risks of Growing Exotic Milkweeds for Monarchs

This fact sheet describes the risks of growing exotic milkweed for monarchs, including the spread of the monarch parasite OE in locations where exotic milkweed can grow year-round.

Why Grow and Sell Native Milkweed?

Why Grow and Sell Native Milkweed?

This handout provides the public, gardeners, and plant growers and nurseries with a concise description of the importance of native milkweeds and their value to monarchs and to the plant industry.

Monarch Conservation Talking Points

Monarch Conservation Talking Points

This document outlines a few major monarch conservation talking points that describe the value of the monarch migration, the benefits of conserving monarchs, and the steps needed to conserve the monarch migration.

Schoolyard Butterfly Gardens

Schoolyard Butterfly Gardens

This is a brief guide to planning, installing and maintaining a butterfly garden on school grounds.

Invasive Species Alert: Swallow-wort

Invasive Species Alert: Swallow-wort

This invasive species alert describes native and non-native swallow-wort species that may impact monarchs and provides information about management to help control them.

MJV Fact Sheet (no tear-off)

MJV Fact Sheet (no tear-off)

This fact sheet provides a quick introduction to the monarch migration, monarch conservation issues, and the Monarch Joint Venture.

Plant Milkweed Bookmark (English)

Plant Milkweed Bookmark (English)

The Plant Milkweed for Monarchs brochure comes in both English and Spanish languages.

Monarch Ambassador Bookmark

Monarch Ambassador Bookmark

The charismatic monarch butterfly engages people from across all sectors in conservation activities that benefit much more than monarchs. Through the Monarch Joint Venture, partners across the U.S. are working together to protect and conserve an iconic species for future generations to enjoy. Use this bookmark at outreach events to show the monarch as a pollinator ambassador!

Protecting Monarchs Brochure

Protecting Monarchs Brochure

This brochure developed by the Pollinator Partnership highlights information about monarchs, describes their migration, and shares reasons that monarchs are at risk and what you can do to help.

The Monarch Highway

The Monarch Highway

I-35 was identified the “Monarch Highway” by the State Departments of Transportation in the central flyway, including Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, and Texas. This handout describes the Monarch Highway initiative and how you can get involved. Visit www.monarchhighway.org for more information as well.

Monarch Larva Monitoring Project Brochures

Monarch Larva Monitoring Project Brochures

This brochure describes the Monarch Larva Monitoring Project. It provides an overview of the project, and gives information about how everyone can get involved with monitoring.

Celebrating Monarchs Poster

Celebrating Monarchs Poster

This beautiful poster, developed by the U.S. Forest Service, illustrates the monarch life cycle from egg to adult, their migration, and their need for milkweeds and nectar plants.

2009-2014 Summary of MJV Accomplishments

2009-2014 Summary of MJV Accomplishments

This 11x17 brochure illustrates projects and accomplishments of the Monarch Joint Venture from 2009-2014.

Links

  • MJV Materials Order - Use this online form to request Monarch Joint Venture handouts and materials.

Habitat Management

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Guidelines for Establishing a Prairie

Guidelines for Establishing a Prairie

Prairie Restorations, Inc. of Minnesota developed this resource to inform anyone interested in establishing a prairie on their property, or a property that they manage.

Insect Pollinator Best Management Practices (Minnesota)

Insect Pollinator Best Management Practices (Minnesota)

This MN Department of Agriculture brochure describes how to successfully manage for pollinators in Minnesota yards and gardens.

Monarch Breeding Habitat Assessment Tool

Monarch Breeding Habitat Assessment Tool

This tool is designed to help assess the quality of your milkweed habitat for monarchs. The interactive tool describes characteristics of monarch breeding habitat and assigns values based on importance to monarchs.

Prairie Restoration Technical Guides

Prairie Restoration Technical Guides

These technical guides created by MJV partner the Tallgrass Prairie Center provide guidelines for the entire process of establishing a tallgrass prairie habitat. There are 10 guides in this document: 1) Seed Collecting 2) Drying and Cleaning 3) Propagating 4) Recognizing Tallgrass Prairie Remnants 5) Seed Sourcing 6) Designing Seed Mixes 7) Site Preparation 8) Seeding 9) Initial Management 10) Evaluating Establishment.

Pollinators in Natural Areas

Pollinators in Natural Areas

This 8-page booklet produced by the Xerces Society provides a summary of how land managers can protect and provide habitat for bees, butterflies and pollinators. It includes potential impacts of fire, grazing, mowing, herbicides, and insecticides. It provides recommendations for how to adjust use of these management actions to benefit pollinators.

Parks for Monarchs: A Resource Guide for Monarch Conservation

Parks for Monarchs: A Resource Guide for Monarch Conservation

This guide by NRPA and the MJV provides information and resources on monarch biology, how to create and restore pollinator habitat, how to engage citizen volunteers in monarch conservation and how to make parks not only a refuge for monarchs and other pollinators, but a place where visitors can engage in monarch conservation and build a connection with the park

Working Lands for Monarch Butterflies Fact Sheet

Working Lands for Monarch Butterflies Fact Sheet

Two-thirds of the continental United States is privately owned, and producers can play a crucial role in helping recover the monarch. Find out how with this Natural Resources Conservation Service fact sheet.

Tribal Environmental Alliance for Monarchs 2015-2017 update

Tribal Environmental Alliance for Monarchs 2015-2017 update

Building Tribal Capacity for Monarch Habitat Restoration in Oklahoma. While the project was intended to last from 2015-2017, the supplies and education provided are continuing to impact tribal lands and citizens. Presentation by Andrew Gourd, Land Use Coordinator, Eastern Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma.

PF/QF Rights-of-Way Habitat Program booklet

PF/QF Rights-of-Way Habitat Program booklet

This Pheasants & Quail Forever Rights-of-Way Habitat Program booklet describes techniques for establishing high-quality ROW habitat.

Managing for Monarchs in the West: BMPs for Conserving the Monarch Butterfly and its Habitat

Managing for Monarchs in the West: BMPs for Conserving the Monarch Butterfly and its Habitat

Managing for Monarchs in the West by the Xerces Society provides a summary of the known effects of frequently used land management practices—grazing, mowing, prescribed fire, and pesticides—on monarchs and their breeding and migratory habitat, followed by best management practices (BMPs) for how to integrate monarch conservation in management decisions. Guidance on timing management activities gives managers the confidence of when they can mow, burn, or graze land without disrupting breeding monarchs. Invasive non-native and noxious plant management, recreation, and climate change impacts are also addressed. To help reverse the western monarchs’ population trend, we need to improve protection and management of the butterfly’s habitat across its range—especially on public lands. These BMPs provide actionable, practical guidance that empowers western land managers to be part of the solution.

Western Monarch Management Windows: Timing Management in Monarch Breeding Habitat

Western Monarch Management Windows: Timing Management in Monarch Breeding Habitat

Based on the best available data for when and where monarchs breed in the West, The Xerces Society has developed regionally appropriate monarch breeding habitat management windows, shown on the map on the back of this fact sheet. These windows are periods when management activities are least likely to have negative effects on monarchs.

Create, Conserve & Protect Monarch Habitats Poster

Create, Conserve & Protect Monarch Habitats Poster

This poster, created by Idaho Fish and Game, highlights monarchs as Idaho's state insect. The poster displays the message: "Create, Conserve & Protect Monarch Habitats."

Technical Guide: Preserving and Creating Pollinator Habitat on Ontario’s Farms

Technical Guide: Preserving and Creating Pollinator Habitat on Ontario’s Farms

This is a guide published by Pollinator Partnership Canada for farmers who want to work to preserve or create pollinator habitat on their farms. It highlights three main strategies and provides information on how to apply these strategies for different types of farms.

Pollinator Friendly Practices

Pollinator Friendly Practices

This PDF published by the North American Pollinator Protection Campaign (NAPPC) provides guidelines for pollinator friendly land management practices for schools, agriculture, forests, homes, public spaces and private industries.

Land Manager’s Restoration Guide for the Eastern U.S.

Land Manager’s Restoration Guide for the Eastern U.S.

This guide published by the Pollinator Partnership outlines how land managers can lead a habitat restoration project. It includes ecoregional plant tables for the eastern monarch migratory corridor.

Pollinator-Friendly Parks

Pollinator-Friendly Parks

This guide published by the Xerces Society provides guidelines for how to design and manage parks that are pollinator-friendly. It includes extensive appendices with plant lists and additional resources.

Managing Public Lands for Pollinators

Managing Public Lands for Pollinators

This guide produced by the Pollinator Partnership and the Bureau of Land Management provides information on how to evaluate land health for pollinators and best management practices to improve pollinator health on public lands.

Earth Partnership - Pollinator Habitat Guide

Earth Partnership - Pollinator Habitat Guide

This new pollinator habitat guide by the Earth Partnership is designed to provide curriculum to k-12 educators on teaching habitat restoration, but also can be used as a resource for anyone interested in pollinator habitat restoration.

Links

  • “How to Build a Successful Conservation Program” webinar - The Wildlife Habitat Council webinar, "How to Build a Successful Conservation Program", discusses the keys to building a strong and successful corporate conservation program. From planning and design and implementation, to monitoring, maintenance and evaluation, you’ll learn the essential tools for meeting your conservation and community engagement goals. Presenter: Colleen Beaty, Conservation Content Writer, Wildlife Habitat Council
  • Adaptive Management - Adaptive management is important for large landscape restoration efforts. Learn what adaptive management is and how to utilize it in your natural spaces.
  • CEC Monarch Conservation Toolbox - The toolbox is intended for farmers, other landowners, monarch experts and members of the general public interested in monarch conservation. It is hoped that practitioners and policy makers will use the toolbox to identify and replicate proven, successful practices, programs and projects in support of future monarch conservation efforts. This toolbox includes best management practices for the conservation and restoration of monarch butterfly breeding and feeding habitat across North America; conservation incentive programs for private landowners; and pilot projects intended to restore, enhance and manage monarch breeding and flyway habitat in Canada, Mexico and the United States.
  • Conservation Blueprint Habitat Tip Video: Milkweed Management - This habitat tip discusses the importance of milkweed and successful milkweed management for butterflies and pollinators.
  • Conserving Monarch Butterflies in an Urban Setting - Creating habitat in the urban setting will ensure that the butterflies have a place to stop on their migration journey. In this Monarch Conservation Webinar, Catherine Werner from the St. Louis Mayor’s Office and Milkweeds for Monarchs program, Cortney Solum from Two Rivers National Wildlife Refuge, and Kristin Shaw from the Eastern Tallgrass Prairie and Big Rivers Landscape Conservation Cooperative, share a case study of the Milkweeds for Monarchs (M4M) program in the city of St. Louis, MO.
  • Ecoregional Native Plant Guides - The Pollinator Partnership provides free guides for planting native plants for pollinators by ecoregion in the US and Canada for free on their website. These guides are useful for farmers, land managers, and gardeners alike.
  • Enhancing existing landscapes for monarchs and native pollinators - In this Monarch Conservation Webinar, a panel of presenters share techniques and case studies for enhancing existing habitats for monarch butterflies and other pollinators. Topics include best management practices for augmenting natural habitats, roadsides, right-of-way areas, and other landscapes. Additionally, you will learn more in-depth about milkweed and nectar plant availability, including seed collection, plug production and sourcing native plant and seed materials.
  • Establishing Pollinator Meadows From Seed - This Xerces document is a step-by-step guide for establishing prairie-like habitat from seed to benefit pollinators, including monarchs.
  • Habitat Restoration Fundamentals - This Monarch Conservation Webinar is an introduction to the process of native plant restoration for monarch butterfly habitat. This webinar examines the step-by-step procedures for designing, installing, and managing native plant communities specifically designed for monarch breeding.
  • How to build a butterfly and pollinator garden in seven steps - Learn how to plant your own pollinator garden in seven succinct steps from the US Fish and Wildlife Service.
  • Important Plants of the Monarch Butterfly Guides - Each guide can be accessed at the bottom of the monarch webpage, under the applicable monarch region (Greater Appalachian Mountains, Midwest, Northern Great Plains, Southern Great Plains, and Western Coastal Plains).
  • Minnesota DNR prairie brochure - A brochure from the MN Department of Natural Resources describing how to establish native prairie grasses and wildflowers.
  • Monarch Butterfly and Pollinators Conservation Fund - Do you need funding for a monarch habitat restoration project or an outreach initiative? You can apply to the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation's Monarch Butterfly and Pollinators Conservation Fund. This grant is available for both habitat improvement projects and outreach and organization coordination.
  • Monarch Nectar Plant Guides - Monarchs don't just need milkweed in their habitat, they need a variety of nectar plants too! These guides published by the Xerces Society provide recommendations for which nectar plants to grow in your region in the United States specifically for monarch habitat.
  • Monarchs in the Rough Campaign - Audubon International & the Environmental Defense Fund have teamed up to partner with North America’s golf courses to reverse the decline. They are working to establish essential habitat for butterflies, increase awareness of conservation challenges and provide technical support for projects on-the-ground with this campaign.
  • Native Prairie: Establishment & Management of Native Prairie - Learn more from the USDA NRCS about restoring former cropland to native grasses and trees.
  • Nebraska Pheasants Forever - Habitat Tip Series - This series of videos created by the Nebraska Pheasants Forever organization offers advice for the conservation and management of a variety of habitats.
  • Pesticide Applicator Training Module - This digital training module by the Pollinator Partnership helps certified pesticide applicators learn how to apply pesticides to protect crops in an environmentally responsible manner. The module is provided on a USB drive for $20, and includes a digital workbook, answer key, 15 minute video, power point presentation, and an Applicator Feedback Form.
  • Pollinator Habitat Installation Guides - These guides published by the Xerces Society provide in-depth guidance on installing pollinator habitat for each region in the United States. Each guide includes seed mixes and plant recommendations for each region.
  • Pollinator Partnership - Pesticide Learning Page - This page on the Pollinator Parternship's website provides information, recommendations, and additional resources about pesticides for the home garden and for agriculture.
  • Prairie Restoration Guidelines - Shooting Star Native Seeds provides recommendations on how to plan for planting a native prairie restoration.
  • Prairie STRIPs - This great resource covers information needed to establish prairie contour strips within agricultural fields. Include milkweed to make these viable habitat for monarchs.
  • Prescribed Burning Information - This is a page with information and guidelines for prescribed burning by the Michigan DNR.
  • Regional Monarch Habitat Development Guides - The Pollinator Partnership provides guides for monarch habitat development by region for free on their website. These guides are directed towards land managers, but anyone interested in improving their monarch habitat space can use these manuals.
  • Save the Monarch Website - This website by the US Fish and Wildlife Service provides information for how to get involved with planting and preserving monarch habitat. It has information for individuals, communities, agriculture, and monarch rights-of-way.
  • Southeastern grasslands eco-regional species lists - In 2018 the Southeastern Grasslands Initiative is developing lists of grassland types and associated species for each EPA Level IV ecoregion within our 23-state focal area. Species lists for each region are being assembled using a combination of published scientific literature, unpublished survey data and reports, herbarium specimen records, and consultation with regional experts. The goal is to provide authoritative lists of trees, shrubs, woody vines, herbaceous vines, forbs, grasses, sedges, rushes, ferns, and fern allies that should be given priority for ecological restoration or landscape architecture projects within each region.
  • Southeastern Grasslands Initiative Resources - SGI is a new non-profit conservation organization based out of Austin Peay State University's Center of Excellence for Field Biology (Clarksville, Tennessee). They are dedicated to addressing the greatest threat to the biodiversity of eastern North America--the loss of Southeastern grasslands and have many resources about prairie restoration in the SE.
  • Tallgrass Prairie Center Prairie Restoration Guides & Brochures - The Tallgrass Prairie Center offers guidebooks, brochures, manuals and other resources for restoring prairie and propagating native plants. Take advantage of these valuable tools in your next habitat project.
  • The Bee & Butterfly Habitat Fund - The Bee & Butterfly Habitat Fund provides free or heavily discounted pollinator seed mixes to private, public, and corporate pollinator habitat projects. You can apply on their website.
  • USFWS Invasive Programs - This page on the US Fish & Wildlife Service website has information on the USFWS invasive species programs, with links leading to more information on each program.
  • Using Fire and Grazing to Maintain Productive and Ecologically Resilient Grasslands - Chris Helzer, Director of Science for The Nature Conservancy in Nebraska, discussed in this webinar what ecological resilience is and how it relates to prairies, and talked about various ways prescribed fire and grazing can be used to manage prairies for biological diversity and resilience.
  • Webinar - Conserving Monarchs: Opportunities on Farms in Canada - Watch this webinar produced by Pollinator Partnership Canada and the Commission for Environmental Cooperation to learn more about how to conserve monarchs and monarch habitat on Canadian farms.
  • Webinar: The USFWS - U.S. Air Force Pollinator Conservation Project: *Soaring with the Air Force* - Dr. Dolores Savignano, Chair of the USFWS Pollinator Work Group and Headquarters Office biologist, will share information on a recent pollinator conservation project with the U.S. Air Force, and the new resources available as a result of the project. The project included development of a strategy, technical handbook, training, and pilot projects. The technical handbook, U.S. Air Force Pollinator Conservation Reference Guide, is available at: https://www.fws.gov/pollinators/PollinatorPages/USAF_Ref_Guide.html

Milkweed

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Monarchs and Milkweeds: The Current Situation and Methods for Propogating Milkweeds

Monarchs and Milkweeds: The Current Situation and Methods for Propogating Milkweeds

This USDA Forest Service publication reviews the conservation challenges facing monarchs, and provides a guide for propogating milkweeds.

Milkweed and Monarchs in the Western U.S.

Milkweed and Monarchs in the Western U.S.

This guide helps natural resource agencies and land managers manage, protect and enhance milkweed stands on their land. It has information on monarch and milkweed biology, the importance of milkweed and monarchs, threats to monarchs and their breeding habitat and how land managers can help.

Native Milkweed (Asclepias) Species Common to Mississippi

Native Milkweed (Asclepias) Species Common to Mississippi

This poster from the Mississippi State Extension Crosby Arboretum lists 15 native species to Mississippi recommended for planting in the state.

Native Milkweeds of the Central United States

Native Milkweeds of the Central United States

This document describes the value of milkweed to wildlife, highlights NRCS conservation practices in which milkweeds can be included, provides an overview of milkweed establishment practices, and profiles numerous species that are commercially available and can be incorporated into seed mixes and planting plans.

Native Milkweeds of the Desert Southwest

Native Milkweeds of the Desert Southwest

This native milkweed guide covers the deserts of the interior western United States, providing profiles of recommended native milkweed plants and information about milkweed conservation practices in this region.

Southeast Monarchs, Milkweeds, and Host Plants Brochure

Southeast Monarchs, Milkweeds, and Host Plants Brochure

This double sided brochure, produced by the Xerces Society and the Florida Museum of Natural History, describes monarchs and milkweeds in the southeast region of the U.S. along with other butterfly larvae and their host plants.

Assessing the milkweed seed marketplace in Iowa

Assessing the milkweed seed marketplace in Iowa

The Tallgrass Prairie Center conducted a review of the availability of milkweed in the commercial seed marketplace in Iowa.

MANAGING MILKWEED CROP PESTS:  A Native Seed Industry Guide

MANAGING MILKWEED CROP PESTS:  A Native Seed Industry Guide

Increasing the availability of milkweeds is critical to monarch conservation, but seed production can be difficult. While monarchs are the most well-known milkweed specialists, other specialist milkweed-feeding insects can cause damage to valuable milkweed crops. This guide by the Xerces Society provides management strategies for dealing with common milkweed pests including aphids, milkweed bugs, and milkweed beetles.

Identification of Milkweeds in Texas

Identification of Milkweeds in Texas

This document has been produced to serve as a quick guide to the identification of milkweeds (Asclepias spp), in Texas by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and the Ladybird Johnson Wildflower Center.

Links

  • “How to Build a Successful Conservation Program” webinar - The Wildlife Habitat Council webinar, "How to Build a Successful Conservation Program", discusses the keys to building a strong and successful corporate conservation program. From planning and design and implementation, to monitoring, maintenance and evaluation, you’ll learn the essential tools for meeting your conservation and community engagement goals. Presenter: Colleen Beaty, Conservation Content Writer, Wildlife Habitat Council
  • Biota of North America’s Asclepias Page - BONAP's Asclepias page illustrates the abundance of many milkweed species in North America, distinguishing the native from non-native range for each species.
  • Bring Back the Monarchs Campaign - This Monarch Watch campaign provides online information about monarch conservation needs, profiles milkweed species, and provides information about planting, harvesting, and purchasing milkweed.
  • Conservation Blueprint Habitat Tip Video: Milkweed Management - This habitat tip discusses the importance of milkweed and successful milkweed management for butterflies and pollinators.
  • Identification of Milkweeds in Texas - This document has been produced by the Texas Parks and Wildlife and the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center to serve as a quick guide to the identification of milkweeds (Asclepias spp.) in Texas.
  • Illinois - Creating monarch habitat in your Midwestern garden - This guide, by the Field Museum, is a reference guide to the monarch life cycle, mimics and native nectar plants for the Midwest. It's focus is Illinois.
  • Important Plants of the Monarch Butterfly Guides - Each guide can be accessed at the bottom of the monarch webpage, under the applicable monarch region (Greater Appalachian Mountains, Midwest, Northern Great Plains, Southern Great Plains, and Western Coastal Plains).
  • Milkweeds: A Conservation Practitioner’s Guide - With partial support from the MJV, the Xerces Society has put together a comprehensive guide to milkweeds, including biology/ecology, propagation, benefits to wildlife, and use in restoration projects.
  • Monarch Watch Milkweed Market - Purchase milkweed plugs for your region from Monarch Watch's Milkweed Market.
  • Monarchs and Milkweeds: The Current Situation and Methods for Propogating Milkweeds - This USDA Forest Service publication reviews the conservation challenges facing monarchs, and provides a guide for propogating milkweeds.
  • Monarchs in the Rough Campaign - Audubon International & the Environmental Defense Fund have teamed up to partner with North America’s golf courses to reverse the decline. They are working to establish essential habitat for butterflies, increase awareness of conservation challenges and provide technical support for projects on-the-ground with this campaign.
  • Pheasants Forever Habitat Tip: No Milkweed, No Monarchs - In this habitat tip, Nebraska Pheasants Forever discusses the importance of milkweed to the monarch butterfly population, as well as six different milkweed species that are commercially available to put in your next habitat project.
  • Tropical milkweed and monarch butterflies - One species of milkweed has monarch scientists worried. Find out more about monarchs and tropical milkweed in this youtube video from Project Monarch Health.
  • USDA Plants Asclepias Profile - Use the USDA Plants Database to learn more about Asclepias spp., including distribution, classification, and general plant information.
  • Western Monarch Milkweed Mapper - This project is part of a collaborative effort to map and better understand monarch butterflies and their host plants across the Western U.S. Data compiled through this project will improve our understanding of the distribution and phenology of monarchs and milkweeds, identify important breeding areas, and help us better understand monarch conservation needs.
  • Wild for Monarchs Campaign - The Wild for Monarchs page has numerous resources about collecting, processing, and growing milkweed seeds.
  • Xerces Society Milkweed Seed Finder - Find native milkweed seed suppliers in your state with the Xerces Society's Milkweed Seed Finder.

Nectar Plants

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Southeast Monarchs, Milkweeds, and Host Plants Brochure

Southeast Monarchs, Milkweeds, and Host Plants Brochure

This double sided brochure, produced by the Xerces Society and the Florida Museum of Natural History, describes monarchs and milkweeds in the southeast region of the U.S. along with other butterfly larvae and their host plants.

Wild for Monarchs Brochure

Wild for Monarchs Brochure

As a part of their Wild for Monarchs campaign, Wild Ones has created a brochure to educate interested parties about gardening for monarchs using native plants.

PF/QF Rights-of-Way Habitat Program booklet

PF/QF Rights-of-Way Habitat Program booklet

This Pheasants & Quail Forever Rights-of-Way Habitat Program booklet describes techniques for establishing high-quality ROW habitat.

Links

  • Backyard Habitat for Monarch Butterflies - Missouri Department of Conservation - The Missouri Department of Conservation has released monarch habitat recommendations and native plant lists for the state. The Missouri Department of Conservation and Monarch Joint Venture partner organization Missourians for Monarchs are partnering to restore pollinator habitat across Missouri.
  • Illinois - Creating monarch habitat in your Midwestern garden - This guide, by the Field Museum, is a reference guide to the monarch life cycle, mimics and native nectar plants for the Midwest. It's focus is Illinois.
  • Important Plants of the Monarch Butterfly Guides - Each guide can be accessed at the bottom of the monarch webpage, under the applicable monarch region (Greater Appalachian Mountains, Midwest, Northern Great Plains, Southern Great Plains, and Western Coastal Plains).
  • Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center Pollinator Conservation - This page contains regional plant lists/descriptions to attract pollinators.
  • Monarch Nectar Plant Guides - Monarchs don't just need milkweed in their habitat, they need a variety of nectar plants too! These guides published by the Xerces Society provide recommendations for which nectar plants to grow in your region in the United States specifically for monarch habitat.
  • Monarch Nectar Plant Lists (regional) - One of the most significant actions you can take to support monarch populations is providing nectar-rich flowers and milkweed host plants. These guides were created to address a need for evidence-based, monarch-specific nectar plants throughout the U.S. These guides were developed in partnership with the Monarch Joint Venture and National Wildlife Federation and are geared toward gardeners and landscape designers but will also be useful for land managers who are implementing large-scale monarch restoration projects.
  • Native Plant Societies - Every state and region has its own unique native plants. Find your regional native plant societies on this list to help you answer your native plant questions.
  • NRCS Monarch Butterfly Page - Find regional monarch plant lists (currently for Southern Great Plains and Midwest regions) as well as Plant Materials Center Monarch Resources in the "Publications and Resources" section of the NRCS monarch butterfly page. These lists were developed in collaboration with the Xerces Society and other MJV partners.
  • Plant.Grow.Fly - Plant.Grow.Fly is an initiative to increase habitat for pollinators in the Midwest, primarily in Iowa. The program is run out of the Blank Park Zoo in Des Moines, IA.
  • Pollinator Partnership Ecoregional Fueling Zone (Nectar Plant) Guides - These fueling zone guides provide recommendations for seasonal nectar plants for monarchs along the eastern U.S. migratory corridor.
  • Pollinator Partnership Ecoregional Planting Guides - These planting guides developed by the Pollinator Partnership are great for selecting native plants for pollinators in any region of the U.S.
  • Pollinators of Native Plants by Heather Holm - Heather Holm's simple resource describes different plants recommended for pollinators, including monarch butterflies.
  • Seeds of Success - Seeds of Success is the national native seed collection program, led by the Bureau of Land Management in partnership with a variety of federal agencies and non-federal organizations. SOS’s mission is to collect wildland native seed for research, development, germplasm conservation, and ecosystem restoration.
  • Xerces Society’s Pollinator Conservation Resource Center - This is a great resource center to aid in pollinator conservation planning efforts in different regions.

Conservation Plans

Downloads

North American Monarch Conservation Plan

North American Monarch Conservation Plan

Published by the Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC), this conservation plan provides the foundation for the MJV’s work.

2018 Monarch Conservation Implementation Plan

2018 Monarch Conservation Implementation Plan

This annually updated plan, based on the 2008 North American Monarch Conservation Plan, serves as a guiding document to support ongoing or new U.S monarch conservation actions, recognizing that it will take an “all hands on deck” approach to reach our nation’s monarch population and habitat targets. Any individual or entity involved in monarch conservation is encouraged to utilize this plan to identify and integrate priority monarch conservation actions into their existing or planned efforts. The MJV will use this plan as a guiding document to support ongoing or new conservation actions by partners.

Monarch Butterfly Monitoring in North America

Monarch Butterfly Monitoring in North America

Published by the Commission for Environmental Cooperation, this handbook provides an introduction to each of the monarch monitoring programs underway in North America. Many of these are citizen science programs that you can join.

USFWS Species Status Assessment: Monarch Butterfly Fact Sheet

USFWS Species Status Assessment: Monarch Butterfly Fact Sheet

This fact sheet provides information from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on the species status review for consideration under the Endangered Species Act.

How to plan a Statewide  Monarch Conservation Summit

How to plan a Statewide Monarch Conservation Summit

This document by the National Wildlife Federation provides guidance on setting up a state planning meeting or summit to coordinate monarch conservation efforts in a state. To make sure that programs are implemented in an effective and strategic way, it is important that organizations focusing on monarch conservation collaborate together to develop a unified communication strategy and identify opportunities to share resources.

2017 Monarch Conservation Implementation Plan

2017 Monarch Conservation Implementation Plan

This is the 2017 version of the Monarch Conservation Implementation Plan. This annually updated plan, based on the 2008 North American Monarch Conservation Plan, serves as a guiding document to support ongoing or new U.S monarch conservation actions, recognizing that it will take an “all hands on deck” approach to reach our nation’s monarch population and habitat targets. Any individual or entity involved in monarch conservation is encouraged to utilize this plan to identify and integrate priority monarch conservation actions into their existing or planned efforts.

2016 Monarch Conservation Implementation Plan

2016 Monarch Conservation Implementation Plan

The 2016 Monarch Conservation Implementation Plan is designed to identify and prioritize current important actions for monarch conservation in the United States, and promote cooperation between diverse organizations working together to achieve the goals outlined in the plan. Any individual or entity involved in monarch conservation is encouraged to utilize this plan to identify and integrate priority monarch conservation actions into their existing or planned efforts. The MJV will use this plan as a guiding document to support ongoing or new conservation actions by partners in 2016 (and beyond), recognizing that it will take an “all hands on deck” approach to reach our nation’s population and habitat targets.

2015 MJV Implementation Plan

2015 MJV Implementation Plan

MJV updates their implementation plan annually. This document is derived from the North American Monarch Conservation Plan.

Monarch Conservation in America’s Cities

Monarch Conservation in America’s Cities

This guide is intended for mayors, local government chief executives, municipal staff and others that want to take action to help save the declining monarch butterfly in their community. This guide provides case studies and shares innovative best practices that can be replicated by municipalities across the nation.

Links

  • “How to Build a Successful Conservation Program” webinar - The Wildlife Habitat Council webinar, "How to Build a Successful Conservation Program", discusses the keys to building a strong and successful corporate conservation program. From planning and design and implementation, to monitoring, maintenance and evaluation, you’ll learn the essential tools for meeting your conservation and community engagement goals. Presenter: Colleen Beaty, Conservation Content Writer, Wildlife Habitat Council
  • Important Plants of the Monarch Butterfly Guides - Each guide can be accessed at the bottom of the monarch webpage, under the applicable monarch region (Greater Appalachian Mountains, Midwest, Northern Great Plains, Southern Great Plains, and Western Coastal Plains).
  • Mid-America Monarch Conservation Strategy - MAFWA, in collaboration with National Wildlife Federation, Pheasants Forever, the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies, and other partners, is developing a Mid-America Monarch Conservation Strategy that will provide a framework for implementing, coordinating, and tracking monarch conservation efforts in at least 16 states. 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. The Strategy will identify actions at the state- and regional-level to enhance and sustain needed monarch habitat by adding milkweed stems and restored floral diversity to the American landscape east of the Rocky Mountains.
  • Minnesota Prairie Conservation Plan - This Minnesota plan identifies core prairie conservation areas and creates a vision of a connected landscape of prairie habitat from Canada to Iowa.
  • National Seed Strategy for Rehabilitation and Restoration 2015-2020 - This strategy is designed to provide a more coordinated approach among tribal, state, federal, local and private entities to restoring plant communities in response to the increasing rate at which they are being altered by natural and human caused events.
  • Texas Monarch & Native Pollinator Conservation Plan - This plan outlines actions in Texas that will contribute to monarch and overall native pollinator conservation in Texas. It highlights four broad categories of monarch and native pollinator conservation: habitat conservation, education and outreach, research and monitoring, and partnerships.
  • U.S. Air Force Pollinator Conservation Reference Guide - The U.S. Air Force (Air Force) Pollinator Conservation Reference Guide (Reference Guide) was developed collaboratively by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and Air Force Civil Engineer Center (AFCEC). This Guide is intended for natural resource and pest management professionals.

Migration Maps

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Monarch Butterfly: Fall and Spring Migrations

Monarch Butterfly: Fall and Spring Migrations

This map, provided by the US. Fish and Wildlife Service, shows the monarch's fall and spring migration routes.

Monarch Migration: Spring and Fall

Monarch Migration: Spring and Fall

This map, provided by The Xerxes Society, shows the monarch's fall and spring migration routes.

Fall Migration

Fall Migration

This map, provided by the Southwest Monarch Study, shows the southbound migration routes that monarchs take in the fall.

Spring Migration Route

Spring Migration Route

This map, provided by Southwest Monarch Study, shows the northbound migration route that monarchs take in the spring.

Fall Migration Map

Fall Migration Map

This map, provided by the UMN Monarch Lab, is an illustrated version of the fall migration map.

Spring Migration Map

Spring Migration Map

This map, provided by the UMN Monarch Lab, is an illustrated version of the spring migration map.

Monarch Watch Migration Map

Monarch Watch Migration Map

Monarch Watch has developed a monarch migration map to illustrate the annual journey monarchs make to and from their overwintering grounds.

Links

  • The Field Museum’s Monarch Book and Monarch Coloring Book - Learn about an ancient Mexican monarch legend with the Field Museum's Monarch Book and Monarch Coloring Book (disponible en español). You can download a free copy at this link. Look under "LEARN MORE ABOUT MONARCH BUTTERFLIES" to find this resource!

Advocacy

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State Level Leadership Actions in Support of Pollinator Health and Habitat in your State

State Level Leadership Actions in Support of Pollinator Health and Habitat in your State

This document includes specific actions you can take to promote pollinator health and environmental sustainability when proclaiming Pollinator Week in your state.

Links

  • Mayors’ Monarch Pledge - Mayors and other local and tribal government chief executives are taking action to help save the monarch butterfly, an iconic species whose populations have declined by 90% in the last 20 years. Through the National Wildlife Federation’s Mayors' Monarch Pledge, US cities, municipalities, and other communities are committing to create habitat for the monarch butterfly and pollinators, and to educate citizens about how they can make a difference at home and in their community.
  • Sway Your HOA - This article published by the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center offers tips on how to convince your homeowners association (HOA) to approve water-wise landscaping practices and native plants. These tips are also great if you are trying to get more pollinator habitat in your neighborhood!

Gardening

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Monarch Waystation Brochure

Monarch Waystation Brochure

This brochure describes Monarch Waystations, a program run by Monarch Watch to promote installation of monarch habitats in a variety of landscapes.

Plant Grow Fly: Planting Your Garden Brochure

Plant Grow Fly: Planting Your Garden Brochure

This brochure by Blank Park Zoo's Plant. Grow. Fly. program provides a guide to planting a garden for pollinators in the upper Midwest.

Plant Grow Fly: You Can Save Pollinators Brochure

Plant Grow Fly: You Can Save Pollinators Brochure

This brochure describes the Plant. Grow. Fly. program at the Blank Park Zoo in Des Moines Iowa, background information on pollinator decline, and what you can do to help.

Links

  • “How to Build a Successful Conservation Program” webinar - The Wildlife Habitat Council webinar, "How to Build a Successful Conservation Program", discusses the keys to building a strong and successful corporate conservation program. From planning and design and implementation, to monitoring, maintenance and evaluation, you’ll learn the essential tools for meeting your conservation and community engagement goals. Presenter: Colleen Beaty, Conservation Content Writer, Wildlife Habitat Council
  • Ecoregional Planting Guides - The Pollinator Partnership Canada (P2C) has multiple guides for selecting plants for pollinators by Canadian region here!
  • How to build a butterfly and pollinator garden in seven steps - Learn how to plant your own pollinator garden in seven succinct steps from the US Fish and Wildlife Service.
  • Illinois - Creating monarch habitat in your Midwestern garden - This guide, by the Field Museum, is a reference guide to the monarch life cycle, mimics and native nectar plants for the Midwest. It's focus is Illinois.
  • Important Plants of the Monarch Butterfly Guides - Each guide can be accessed at the bottom of the monarch webpage, under the applicable monarch region (Greater Appalachian Mountains, Midwest, Northern Great Plains, Southern Great Plains, and Western Coastal Plains).
  • Monarch Gardens and Community Action - Creating habitat and getting others involved are two of the most important ways we can protect and conserve the monarch butterfly. Experts from Monarch Joint Venture partner organizations Wild Ones and the National Wildlife Federation will present their best practices for using these important conservation strategies in this Monarch Conservation Webinar.
  • Monarch Watch Waystation Program - Monarch Waystations are places that provide resources necessary for monarchs to produce successive generations and sustain their migration. To offset the loss of milkweeds and nectar sources we need to create, conserve, and protect milkweed/monarch habitats. You can help monarchs by creating "Monarch Waystations" (monarch habitats) in home gardens, at schools, businesses, parks, zoos, nature centers, along roadsides, and on other unused plots of land.
  • Monarch Waystation Map & Registry - This site shows a list of registered Monarch Watch Monarch Waystations with an interactive map.
  • National Wildlife Federation Garden for Wildlife Program - The National Wildlife Federation’s Garden for Wildlife Program helps people restore habitat and wildlife populations to cities, towns and neighborhoods. Since 1973, the program has been educating and empowering people turn their own small piece of the Earth--their yards and gardens--into thriving habitat for birds, butterflies and other wildlife. Find resources, information, certification programs and how you can get involved on their website.
  • Plant.Grow.Fly - Plant.Grow.Fly is an initiative to increase habitat for pollinators in the Midwest, primarily in Iowa. The program is run out of the Blank Park Zoo in Des Moines, IA.
  • Prioritizing Pollinators in Corporate America - This white paper explains the issue of pollinators and their decline, and provides corporate case studies from across the U.S. that are helping to solve the problem.
  • Public Garden Funding Resources - There are many grants available to non-profit gardens that may be applicable to your wants and needs as a public garden.
  • Save the Monarch Website - This website by the US Fish and Wildlife Service provides information for how to get involved with planting and preserving monarch habitat. It has information for individuals, communities, agriculture, and monarch rights-of-way.
  • Sway Your HOA - This article published by the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center offers tips on how to convince your homeowners association (HOA) to approve water-wise landscaping practices and native plants. These tips are also great if you are trying to get more pollinator habitat in your neighborhood!
  • The National Gardening Association - Visit this site for a plethora of plant, education, and gardening resources!

Agriculture

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Using Farm Bill Programs for Pollinator Conservation

Using Farm Bill Programs for Pollinator Conservation

These guidelines provide a concise summary of how Farm Bill conservation programs, such as the Environmental Quality Incentive Program or the Conservation Reserve Program, can be used to restore or enhance habitat for pollinators on working farms and private lands.

Working Lands for Monarch Butterflies Fact Sheet

Working Lands for Monarch Butterflies Fact Sheet

Two-thirds of the continental United States is privately owned, and producers can play a crucial role in helping recover the monarch. Find out how with this Natural Resources Conservation Service fact sheet.

Technical Guide: Preserving and Creating Pollinator Habitat on Ontario’s Farms

Technical Guide: Preserving and Creating Pollinator Habitat on Ontario’s Farms

This is a guide published by Pollinator Partnership Canada for farmers who want to work to preserve or create pollinator habitat on their farms. It highlights three main strategies and provides information on how to apply these strategies for different types of farms.

Plant Recommendations for Monarch Butterflies for the Upper Midwest

Plant Recommendations for Monarch Butterflies for the Upper Midwest

Published by the NRCS, this brochure lists plant recommendations for monarch butterflies for states in the Upper Midwest.

Plant Recommendations for Monarch Butterflies for the Southern Plains

Plant Recommendations for Monarch Butterflies for the Southern Plains

This brochure published by NRCS lists the recommended plants for monarch butterflies in the Southern Plains.

CRP Honey Bee Initiative

CRP Honey Bee Initiative

This initiative by the Farm Service Agency provides mid-contract management incentives and activities to increase monarch and pollinator habitat in the Upper Midwest.

Links

  • Agricultural Pesticide Use Habitat Guidance - The Xerces Society works with farmers to bring habitat back into our agricultural lands. Within that, they work to promote pest management methods that reduce pesticide use and increase the abundance and diversity of native insects on the farm. The resources on this page provide guidance and information for producers interested in pesticide or habitat guidance.
  • BASF Sustainable Agricultural Resources - This list of resources published by BASF provide information on various topics surrounding sustainable agriculture.
  • CEC Monarch Conservation Toolbox - The toolbox is intended for farmers, other landowners, monarch experts and members of the general public interested in monarch conservation. It is hoped that practitioners and policy makers will use the toolbox to identify and replicate proven, successful practices, programs and projects in support of future monarch conservation efforts. This toolbox includes best management practices for the conservation and restoration of monarch butterfly breeding and feeding habitat across North America; conservation incentive programs for private landowners; and pilot projects intended to restore, enhance and manage monarch breeding and flyway habitat in Canada, Mexico and the United States.
  • Important Plants of the Monarch Butterfly Guides - Each guide can be accessed at the bottom of the monarch webpage, under the applicable monarch region (Greater Appalachian Mountains, Midwest, Northern Great Plains, Southern Great Plains, and Western Coastal Plains).
  • Living Acres Research Initiative - This research initiative from BASF focuses on best management practices to increase biodiversity within modern agricultural operations.
  • Monarch Butterfly and Pollinators Conservation Fund - If you need funding for a monarch habitat restoration project or an outreach initiative, you can apply to the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation's Monarch Butterfly and Pollinators Conservation Fund. This grant is available for both habitat improvement projects and outreach and organization coordination.
  • Native Prairie: Establishment & Management of Native Prairie - Learn more from the USDA NRCS about restoring former cropland to native grasses and trees.
  • NRCS - How Farmers Can Help Pollinators - This site provides an overview of pollinator conservation on farm lands, and provides in additional resources for agricultural producers.
  • Operation Pollinator - This international biodiversity program by Syngenta works to increase pollinators on commercial farms by creating specific habitats for native insects.
  • Pesticide Applicator Training Module - This digital training module by the Pollinator Partnership helps certified pesticide applicators learn how to apply pesticides to protect crops in an environmentally responsible manner. The module is provided on a USB drive for $20, and includes a digital workbook, answer key, 15 minute video, power point presentation, and an Applicator Feedback Form.
  • Pollinator Partnership - Pesticide Learning Page - This page on the Pollinator Parternship's website provides information, recommendations, and additional resources about pesticides for the home garden and for agriculture.
  • Securing Pollinator Health and Crop Protection:  Communication and Adoption of Farm Management Tech - Pollinator Partnership, contracted by the USDA and EPA, conducted a review of Best Management Practices considering the health and safety of bees in conventional agricultural pesticide application scenarios.
  • The Bee & Butterfly Habitat Fund - The Bee & Butterfly Habitat Fund provides free or heavily discounted pollinator seed mixes to private, public, and corporate pollinator habitat projects. You can apply on their website.
  • U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Agricultural Resources - This page from the US Fish and Wildlife Service website provides a list of resources for agricultural produces interested in getting involved in monarch conservation.
  • Webinar - Conserving Monarchs: Opportunities on Farms in Canada - Watch this webinar produced by Pollinator Partnership Canada and the Commission for Environmental Cooperation to learn more about how to conserve monarchs and monarch habitat on Canadian farms.

Rights-of-Way

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Monarch Habitat Development on Utility Rights-of-Way

Monarch Habitat Development on Utility Rights-of-Way

This is the Northeast regional manual for establishing monarch habitat in utility right-of-way areas. Other regions (including Southeast, Southwest, and Northwest) are available online at http://www.pollinator.org/monarchs.htm.

Factors affecting road mortality and the suitability of road verges for butterflies

Factors affecting road mortality and the suitability of road verges for butterflies

This 2013 study in Poland investigated which factors affect the number of roadkills in grassland butterflies and, simultaneously, the species composition and abundance on roadsides. The results indicate that the rights of way which were of high conservation value for butterflies suffered the least from road mortality. The sowing of plant species, less frequent mowing and maintaining a high grassland cover in the vicinity of roads are recommended conservation actions for the improved conservation value of road verges for butterflies

The Monarch Highway

The Monarch Highway

I-35 was identified the “Monarch Highway” by the State Departments of Transportation in the central flyway, including Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, and Texas. This handout describes the Monarch Highway initiative and how you can get involved. Visit www.monarchhighway.org for more information as well.

Maintaining Roadsides for Pollinators

Maintaining Roadsides for Pollinators

This guide, written by Pollinator Partnership, provides you with information on roadside enhancements that allow you to maintain safe and accessible roadsides and support pollinators. The information that follows outlines the science and research that lets us develop technical guidelines, case studies of roadside management for pollinators, and background on pollinator biology as a resource.

PF/QF Rights-of-Way Habitat Program booklet

PF/QF Rights-of-Way Habitat Program booklet

This Pheasants & Quail Forever Rights-of-Way Habitat Program booklet describes techniques for establishing high-quality ROW habitat.

Links

  • Integrated Roadside Vegetation Management - This technical manual for Integrated Roadside Vegetation Management sets the stage for a successful roadside work for pollinators in Iowa.
  • Integrated Roadside Vegetation Management Brochures - Tallgrass Prairie Center - Integrated roadside vegetation management (IRVM) is an approach to right-of-way maintenance that combines a variety of management techniques with sound ecological principles to establish and maintain safe, healthy, functional roadsides. These brochures by the Tallgrass Prairie Center provide information about various IRVM topics, including Roadsides for Bees and Butterflies, Landowners and Roadsides: Frequently Asked Questions, and more.
  • Literature Review: Pollinator Habitat Enhancement & BMPs in Highway Rights-of-Way - This review establishes the research foundation for the development of best management practices for pollinator habitat protection and enhancement in highway rights-of-way that will be described in two subsequent reports.
  • Pollinator BMPs for Roadsides and Other Rights-of-Way - The Minnesota Department of Ag has a great resource on best management practices for pollinators along roadsides and other right-of-way areas.
  • Pollinators and Roadsides - This Xerces Society document outlines important practices for managing roadsides for pollinators.
  • Prioritizing Pollinators in Corporate America - This white paper explains the issue of pollinators and their decline, and provides corporate case studies from across the U.S. that are helping to solve the problem.
  • Right-of-Way Stewardship Council - ROWSC is an accreditation program that establishes standards for responsible right-of-way vegetation management in corridors.
  • Rights-of-Way as Habitat Resources - A ROW working group facilitated by the Energy Resources Center has developed an informational page on ROW areas as habitat for wildlife, including monarchs. Check out the great resources they provide.
  • Rights-of-Way as Habitat Working Group - This group is focused on utility and transportation sectors. They provide a forum to collaborate and share ideas, best practices, and other information to promote successful habitat projects along rights-of-way.
  • Roadside Best Management Practices that Benefit Pollinators: Handbook for Supporting Pollinators - The Federal Highway Administration has released new guidelines in 2016 for managing roadside vegetation for pollinators. The best management practices provide concrete steps that can be taken by any roadside management agency to improve roadside vegetation for pollinators. The BMPs cover management of existing habitat, including ways to modify the use of mowing and herbicides to enhance roadsides, and methods to incorporate native plants and pollinator habitat into the design of new roadsides.
  • Roadside Vegetation Management Manual - TxDOT - This manual illustrates environmentally friendly land management along roadsides and was created by the Texas Department of Transportation.
  • Roadsides as Habitat for Pollinators: Frequently Asked Questions - This handout by the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation answers frequently asked questions about roadsides as habitat for pollinators.
  • Technical Manual for Maintaining Roadsides for Pollinators - This manual from the Pollinator Partnership covers establishment, restoration, management and maintenance for pollinators along roadsides. This resource can be used as a comprehensive guide for State Department of Transportation (DOTs) managers and staff.
  • Texas DOT: Planting Wildflower Guidelines - These guidelines provide information about wildflower planting rates, sowing seeds, and understanding plant characteristics in relation to roadside maintenance.
  • The Economic and Ecological Effects of Roadside Mowing - This webinar by the Ohio Department of Transportation answers questions from roadside managers about the value of conducting one late season mow back. Scott Lucas of ODOT Central Office and Bonnie Harper-Lore, a noted roadside restoration authority, are panelists for this 1 ½ hr. presentation.

Urban/Suburban Areas

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Western Monarchs in Peril

Western Monarchs in Peril

This brochure produced by the Xerces Society focuses on western monarch breeding and overwintering and the need for conservation in the west.

Monarch Conservation in America’s Cities

Monarch Conservation in America’s Cities

This guide is intended for mayors, local government chief executives, municipal staff and others that want to take action to help save the declining monarch butterfly in their community. This guide provides case studies and shares innovative best practices that can be replicated by municipalities across the nation.

Urban Monarch Conservation Guidebook

Urban Monarch Conservation Guidebook

The Urban Monarch Conservation Guidebook maps the city from a monarch's point of view, in a way that ultimately stitches these pieces together into an overall strategy and helps cities set priorities and goals for monarch recovery. Find out more at the Field Museum's website.

Guía para la conservación de la mariposa monarca urbana

Guía para la conservación de la mariposa monarca urbana

La Guía de Conservación de la mariposa monarca urbana hace un mapa de la ciudad desde el punto de vista de un monarca, de una manera que al final une estas piezas en una estrategia general y ayuda a las ciudades a establecer prioridades y objetivos para la recuperación de la monarca. Descubre más en el sitio de The Field Museum.

Urban Monarch Conservation Tools Manual

Urban Monarch Conservation Tools Manual

This manual focuses on the installation, development, and use of the urban monarch conservation planning tools, namely the Urban Milkweed Baseline Calculator Tool, and the Urban Milkweed Scenario-Planning Tool. Find tools specific to Chicago, Twin Cities, Kansas City, Austin, and cities in general at the bottom of the Field Museums site at http://www.fieldmuseum.org/monarchs

Pollinator-Friendly Parks

Pollinator-Friendly Parks

This guide published by the Xerces Society provides guidelines for how to design and manage parks that are pollinator-friendly. It includes extensive appendices with plant lists and additional resources.

Links

  • Mayors’ Monarch Pledge - Mayors and other local and tribal government chief executives are taking action to help save the monarch butterfly, an iconic species whose populations have declined by 90% in the last 20 years. Through the National Wildlife Federation’s Mayors' Monarch Pledge, US cities, municipalities, and other communities are committing to create habitat for the monarch butterfly and pollinators, and to educate citizens about how they can make a difference at home and in their community.
  • Monarchs in the Rough Campaign - Audubon International & the Environmental Defense Fund have teamed up to partner with North America’s golf courses to reverse the decline. They are working to establish essential habitat for butterflies, increase awareness of conservation challenges and provide technical support for projects on-the-ground with this campaign.
  • Sway Your HOA - This article published by the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center offers tips on how to convince your homeowners association (HOA) to approve water-wise landscaping practices and native plants. These tips are also great if you are trying to get more pollinator habitat in your neighborhood!
  • Urban Monarch Webinar - Field Museum scientists and ecologists share tools for creating city environments that support monarch butterflies. Learn more about monarch conservation in urban areas and find the full guidebook: fieldmuseum.org/monarchs

Citizen Science

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Monarch Butterfly Monitoring in North America

Monarch Butterfly Monitoring in North America

Published by the Commission for Environmental Cooperation, this handbook provides an introduction to each of the monarch monitoring programs underway in North America. Many of these are citizen science programs that you can join.

Monarch Health Brochure

Monarch Health Brochure

Participate in Monarch Health, a citizen science program helping to track the monarch OE parasite.

Monarch Larva Monitoring Project Brochures

Monarch Larva Monitoring Project Brochures

This brochure describes the Monarch Larva Monitoring Project. It provides an overview of the project, and gives information about how everyone can get involved with monitoring.

Wild Ones Citizen Science Brochure

Wild Ones Citizen Science Brochure

Wild Ones endorses member participation in monarch citizen science programs and offers some tips for how to get started.

Monitoring Monarch Butterfies and Their Habitat across North America

Monitoring Monarch Butterfies and Their Habitat across North America

Part of the Trinational Monarch Conservation Science Partnership, which is focused on shared research and monitoring priorities, convened in Toluca, Mexico (March 2017) to discuss shared monitoring priorities. Workshop goals included: 1) identifying trinational monitoring priorities, 2) discussing inventory and monitoring protocols for monarch butterfly life stages, and monarch habitat, and 3) determining monitoring action plans across North America. This report compiles products of the workshop, including trinational monitoring priorities, an inventory of monitoring protocols produced to date, initial steps toward coordinating trinational monitoring efforts, and recommendations for anticipated challenges.

Links

  • Butterflies and Moths of North America - Report your Lepidoptera sightings to BAMONA or learn more about nearly 6,000 different Lepidoptera species.
  • Cape May Monarch Monitoring Project - The Monarch Monitoring Project, or Cape May Monitoring Project, focuses on the fall migration of monarchs along the Atlantic coast, specifically through Cape May.
  • Contributions of Monarch Citizen Science & Program Overviews - Monarch citizen science has been critical to our understanding of this iconic species. Four main programs will be covered in-depth in this Monarch Conservation Webinar, representing multiple aspects of monarch biology: Journey North and Monarch Watch (tracking the migration), Monarch Larva Monitoring Project (tracking egg and larval abundance), and Monarch Health (tracking monarch parasites). Outcomes of these and other citizen science programs will be shared.
  • Correo Real - To track the monarch migration through northern Mexico, volunteers throughout northern Mexico report counts and observations to Correo Real during the fall migration.
  • eButterfly - eButterfly allows citizen scientists across North America to report butterfly sightings and upload and store their photos and sightings.
  • Illinois Butterfly Monitoring Network - The Illinois Butterfly Monitoring Network is a citizen science based monitoring program focused on monitoring butterfly populations in Illinois.
  • Journey North - Journey North is a citizen science program that focuses on migratory organisms, including gray whales, hummingbirds, American robins, whooping cranes, and monarchs. They have a variety of educational materials about monarch conservation and biology.
  • Monarch Alert - Monarch Alert conducts research and citizen scientist monitoring to better document the western monarch overwintering population.
  • Monarch Butterflies & Monarch Joint Venture and Monarch Lab Research - The Public Lands Podcast featured the MJV and University of Minnesota Monarch Lab to discuss monarch butterfly habitat, research and how you can get involved.
  • Monarch Health - Monarch Health is a citizen science project and research lab based at the University of Georgia dedicated to researching the monarch parasite, OE.
  • Monarch Larva Monitoring Project - The Monarch Larva Monitoring Project is a citizen science effort to track monarch eggs and larvae across North America during the breeding season.
  • Monarch Larva Monitoring Project Online Training - Learn about monarch biology and monitoring by watching MLMP's online video tutorials.
  • Monarch Net - Monarch Net is a centralized resource of butterfly- and monarch-focused citizen science programs with a database of monitoring data, and a library of research published using monarch-focused citizen science.
  • Monarch Watch Tagging - To determine monarch migration routes, and weather influence and survival during monarch migrations, Monarch Watch launched a tagging program to mark individual monarchs with a unique identification.
  • NABA Butterfly Counts - The North American Butterfly Association hosts a Butterfly Counts program for citizen scientists to collect data about butterfly populations while enjoying time with friends, family and neighbors.
  • Ohio Butterfly Monitoring Program - This citizen science program of the Ohio Lepidopterists focuses on long-term monitoring of butterfly populations in Ohio.
  • Pacific Northwest Tagging - Visit the Monarch Butterflies in the Pacific Northwest page for information about tagging monarchs in this area or contact them at monarch@wsu.edu.
  • Peninsula Point Monitoring Project - Peninsula Point Monitoring Project is an effort managed by the U.S. Forest Service to monitor monarch larvae and conduct migration counts on the northern shore of Lake Michigan.
  • Southwest Monarch Study - The Southwest Monarch Study tracks migration and breeding patterns of monarchs in the southwestern U.S., most notably Arizona.
  • Western Monarch Count Resource Center - This website provides all the information necessary to observe and count monarchs overwintering in California.
  • Western Monarch Milkweed Mapper - This project is part of a collaborative effort to map and better understand monarch butterflies and their host plants across the Western U.S. Data compiled through this project will improve our understanding of the distribution and phenology of monarchs and milkweeds, identify important breeding areas, and help us better understand monarch conservation needs.

Western Monarchs

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Legal Status of California Monarchs

Legal Status of California Monarchs

This review of all laws and regulations that govern the management of California overwintering sites is the result of The Xerces Society's work with Professor Chris Wold at The Lewis and Clark Law School's International Environmental Law Project.

Managing monarch butterfly overwintering groves: making room among the eucalyptus

Managing monarch butterfly overwintering groves: making room among the eucalyptus

This research by Monarch Alert, published in California Fish and Game 2015, describes whether or not monarchs exhibit a preference for native vs. non-native tree species in overwintering groves in California.

Overwintering Habitat Monitoring Report

Overwintering Habitat Monitoring Report

The Xerces Society has compiled their protocols and findings regarding monarch overwintering site assessment in California.

Plaskett Creek (Los Padres National Forest) Management Guidelines

Plaskett Creek (Los Padres National Forest) Management Guidelines

The Xerces Society worked with land managers at Plaskett Creek Campground within Los Padres National Forest to create a management plan to sustain the habitat for overwintering monarchs.

Western Monarchs in Peril

Western Monarchs in Peril

This brochure produced by the Xerces Society focuses on western monarch breeding and overwintering and the need for conservation in the west.

2013 Overwintering Habitat Monitoring Report

2013 Overwintering Habitat Monitoring Report

During the 2013 overwintering season, the Xerces Society and Monarch Alert partnered with MJV to assess and monitor 16 privately owned overwintering sites determined to be historically significant for monarchs.

Milkweed and Monarchs in the Western U.S.

Milkweed and Monarchs in the Western U.S.

This guide helps natural resource agencies and land managers manage, protect and enhance milkweed stands on their land. It has information on monarch and milkweed biology, the importance of milkweed and monarchs, threats to monarchs and their breeding habitat and how land managers can help.

Native Milkweeds of the Desert Southwest

Native Milkweeds of the Desert Southwest

This native milkweed guide covers the deserts of the interior western United States, providing profiles of recommended native milkweed plants and information about milkweed conservation practices in this region.

State of the Monarch Butterfly Overwintering Sites in California

State of the Monarch Butterfly Overwintering Sites in California

This 2016 report provides an assessment of overwintering sites of western populations of the monarch butterfly in California. From data collected at over 400 sites, the report summarizes existing overwintering trends and identifies the highest priority sites for active management and protection.

Protecting California’s Butterfly Groves

Protecting California’s Butterfly Groves

The guidelines provide an overview of the biology and conservation of western monarchs; step-by-step guidance for developing a site-specific management plan, and overall guidance on topics including tree management, shrub and forb management, and visitor and public access issues. The document also includes a list of monarch-attractive native nectar plants suitable for coastal areas.

Managing for Monarchs in the West: BMPs for Conserving the Monarch Butterfly and its Habitat

Managing for Monarchs in the West: BMPs for Conserving the Monarch Butterfly and its Habitat

Managing for Monarchs in the West by the Xerces Society provides a summary of the known effects of frequently used land management practices—grazing, mowing, prescribed fire, and pesticides—on monarchs and their breeding and migratory habitat, followed by best management practices (BMPs) for how to integrate monarch conservation in management decisions. Guidance on timing management activities gives managers the confidence of when they can mow, burn, or graze land without disrupting breeding monarchs. Invasive non-native and noxious plant management, recreation, and climate change impacts are also addressed. To help reverse the western monarchs’ population trend, we need to improve protection and management of the butterfly’s habitat across its range—especially on public lands. These BMPs provide actionable, practical guidance that empowers western land managers to be part of the solution.

Western Monarch Management Windows: Timing Management in Monarch Breeding Habitat

Western Monarch Management Windows: Timing Management in Monarch Breeding Habitat

Based on the best available data for when and where monarchs breed in the West, The Xerces Society has developed regionally appropriate monarch breeding habitat management windows, shown on the map on the back of this fact sheet. These windows are periods when management activities are least likely to have negative effects on monarchs.

Links

  • Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History Monarch Monitoring Project - The Pacific Grove Museum and other partners have studied Western overwintering sites and measured their population and parasitism rates. In this report, data from the 2014-2015 overwintering season is presented including overwintering population data and tagging and parasite sampling effort including any results received to date from academic partners.
  • Western Monarch Count Resource Center - This website provides all the information necessary to observe and count monarchs overwintering in California.
  • Western Monarch Milkweed Survey - Help document milkweed habitat in the western U.S. by reporting to the western monarch milkweed survey.

For Kids

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Monarch life cycle wheel

Monarch life cycle wheel

This activity by Kathleen Marie Garness is a great way to learn about the monarch butterfly life cycle. Print it, color it, cut it out, and make a spinning dial!

Monarch life cycle coloring page

Monarch life cycle coloring page

This coloring page by Kathleen Marie Garness shows the monarch butterfly life cycle. Print it out a color away!

Wildlife Express: Perfectly Amazing Pollinators

Wildlife Express: Perfectly Amazing Pollinators

This brochure by the Idaho Fish and Game Department highlights various different pollinators with activities for kids and students.

Wildlife Express: Magnificent Monarch

Wildlife Express: Magnificent Monarch

This brochure published by the Idaho Fish and Game Department has information all about monarch butterflies and fun educational activities for kids.

Links

  • The Field Museum’s Monarch Book and Monarch Coloring Book - Learn about an ancient Mexican monarch legend with the Field Museum's Monarch Book and Monarch Coloring Book (disponible en español). You can download a free copy at this link. Look under "LEARN MORE ABOUT MONARCH BUTTERFLIES" to find this resource!

Education

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National Park Service Pollinator Bulletin

National Park Service Pollinator Bulletin

This bulletin by the National Park Service outlines the basis of what pollinators are, why they are important, and what we can do to protect them.

Student Call to Action (short)

Student Call to Action (short)

Dr. Karen Oberhauser issues a challenge to students to get involved in monarch conservation. Download the letter (short) and share it with any students that you interact with.

Student Call to Action

Student Call to Action

Dr. Karen Oberhauser issues a challenge to students to get involved in monarch conservation. Download the letter and share it with any students that you interact with.

Wild for Monarchs Bookmark

Wild for Monarchs Bookmark

Wild Ones has created a bookmark as a part of their Wild for Monarchs Campaign to educate citizens about restoring monarch habitat using native plants.

Macaroni Monarchs

Macaroni Monarchs

This life cycle assembly projects helps students create and illustrate their understanding of monarch life cycle.

Seed Balls Activity

Seed Balls Activity

Make seed balls for a native garden that supports pollinators, improves water and habitat quality, and attracts predators of plants pests!

Monarch Migration Game

Monarch Migration Game

In this curriculum activity by the University of Minnesota Monarch Lab, students will play a game that illustrates the challenges faced by monarchs that migration to Mexico. These challenges include finding enough to eat, dealing with often adverse weather conditions, and avoiding external sources of mortality. A K-2 version is available on the Monarch Lab website.

Teaching about the Magnificent Monarch: Resource Recommendations for Conservation Educators

Teaching about the Magnificent Monarch: Resource Recommendations for Conservation Educators

The Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies received a 2016 Multi-state Conservation Grant Program grant to complete the project titled Expansion and Implementation of the North American Conservation Education Strategy’s Outdoor Recreation Adoption Model (Natural Pathways to Recruitment). This grant included funding to create this resource recommendation to ensure that conservation educators have the best-available resources for teaching about the conservation of monarch butterflies. Resources were reviewed by professional conservation educators from across the United States using criteria developed from the Guidelines for Excellence: Environmental Education Materials.

Monarch life cycle wheel

Monarch life cycle wheel

This activity by Kathleen Marie Garness is a great way to learn about the monarch butterfly life cycle. Print it, color it, cut it out, and make a spinning dial!

Wildlife Express: Perfectly Amazing Pollinators

Wildlife Express: Perfectly Amazing Pollinators

This brochure by the Idaho Fish and Game Department highlights various different pollinators with activities for kids and students.

Wildlife Express: Magnificent Monarch

Wildlife Express: Magnificent Monarch

This brochure published by the Idaho Fish and Game Department has information all about monarch butterflies and fun educational activities for kids.

Earth Partnership - Pollinator Habitat Guide

Earth Partnership - Pollinator Habitat Guide

This new pollinator habitat guide by the Earth Partnership is designed to provide curriculum to k-12 educators on teaching habitat restoration, but also can be used as a resource for anyone interested in pollinator habitat restoration.

Links

  • Bas Relief - Ba Rea is an author, illustrator and editor who has created monarch educational materials such as posters, books and coloring pages.
  • CEC Monarch Conservation Toolbox - The toolbox is intended for farmers, other landowners, monarch experts and members of the general public interested in monarch conservation. It is hoped that practitioners and policy makers will use the toolbox to identify and replicate proven, successful practices, programs and projects in support of future monarch conservation efforts. This toolbox includes best management practices for the conservation and restoration of monarch butterfly breeding and feeding habitat across North America; conservation incentive programs for private landowners; and pilot projects intended to restore, enhance and manage monarch breeding and flyway habitat in Canada, Mexico and the United States.
  • Driven to Discover Videos - Youth and Citizen Science - This short video series highlights the University of Minnesota Extension Driven to Discover project and getting youth involved in citizen science. Hear from the youth about their projects and learn what scientists are doing to help!
  • Driven to Discover: Citizen Science Research Curricula - The Driven to Discover curriculum is a step-by-step guide for implementing different citizen science programs (including monarchs) in your setting.
  • Flight of the Butterflies - This 3D IMAX film tells the story of Dr. Fred Urquhart's journey with monarch butterflies and the phenomenal monarch migration. The film's associated curricula materials are provided in this link.
  • GrasslandsLIVE: A Distance Learning Adventure - GrasslandsLIVE: A Distance Learning Adventure is an online exploration of the grasslands for students in grades 4 – 8 and the general public, and how scientists, citizens, local ranchers and farmers are working together to manage and conserve this important habitat.
  • Journey North - Journey North is a citizen science program that focuses on migratory organisms, including gray whales, hummingbirds, American robins, whooping cranes, and monarchs. They have a variety of educational materials about monarch conservation and biology.
  • LEGO’s Monarch Mission Lessons - The LEGO Community Fund U.S., National Wildlife Federation, and the Connecticut Forest and Park Association have collaborated with 25 schools in Connecticut to develop a monarch recovery and pollinator gardens at their schools. They've created a variety of lessons that engage students of all ages in environment-based learning to increase students' experiences and learning in science, technology, engineering and math!
  • MJV YouTube Channel - The MJV YouTube Channel highlights videos of our partner organizations and representatives covering a variety of different topics.
  • Monarch B-Roll Film - The USFWS NCTC has downloadable b-roll video footage of wildlife and landscapes, including monarch butterflies and milkweed. The playlists are sorted alphabetically, scroll down until you find the milkweed and the monarch playlists.
  • Monarch Butterflies & Monarch Joint Venture and Monarch Lab Research - The Public Lands Podcast featured the MJV and University of Minnesota Monarch Lab to discuss monarch butterfly habitat, research and how you can get involved.
  • Monarch Butterfly Teacher and Student Resources - This page on the U.S. Forest Service website is a list of resources for monarch educators and students. The list includes (but is not limited to): The Monarch Butterfly Manual, Royal Mail: A Manual for the Environmental Educator, Butterfly Conservation Initiative, and Other Helpful Websites.
  • Monarch Butterfly USA and Monarch Magic - This website provides a great educational book for monarchs called Monarch Magic. With other information about monarchs on the site, it is a very useful tool for educators.
  • Monarch Conservation Webinar Series - The MJV is partnering with the USFWS to develop a series of webinars regarding many aspects of monarch biology and conservation. The webinars can be viewed live and via the NCTC archive.
  • Monarch Habitat Success Stories Map - Visit monarch habitats all over the country by using MJV's interactive map. Learn what others are doing to conserve monarchs and submit your own habitat success story!
  • Monarch Joint Venture & Partner Powerpoint Presentations - Monarch Joint Venture and our partners have developed basic overview presentations of monarch and pollinator biology and conservation for public use. These presentations may be downloaded for any non-commercial use (for education only). IMPORTANT: The appropriate organization listed in the powerpoint should be credited as a source of the material, and photo and graphic credits should always remain as they are displayed in the original presentation. You may add or remove slides depending on your needs in the Monarch Joint Venture presentations.
  • Monarch Larva Monitoring Project Online Training - Learn about monarch biology and monitoring by watching MLMP's online video tutorials.
  • Monarchs Across Georgia Resources - Monarchs Across Georgia (MAG) is a committee of the Environmental Education Alliance. MAG works together with teachers, students, families, communities, businesses and others to study monarchs and restore butterfly habitat across the state. Its mission is to inspire caretakers of the natural environment through monarch and pollinator education. Their website has books, curricula and many more resources for educators and the public.
  • Monarchs and More Online Curricula - The University of Minnesota Monarch Lab is making curriculum lessons from their Monarchs and More curriculum guide available online. Visit this link to download lessons and activities.
  • Parks and Kids Saving the Monarch Butterfly - The National Recreation and Parks Association hosted this webinar about how parks and kids can help to save the monarch butterfly. Dr. Karen Oberhauser is the keynote speaker of this presentation.
  • Pollinator Health Legislation - This describes different state and federal legislation surrounding pollinators and their health.
  • Pollinator LIVE: A Distance Learning Adventure - View broadcast and webcast programs about pollinators geared for grades 4 to 8.
  • Pollinator Partnership - Pollinator Education and Outreach Resources Page - This page on the Pollinator Partnership's website has a great list of curriculum guides, educational tools, activities, and more for educators to use to teach about pollinators.
  • Project Monarch Health Classroom Resources - Monarch Health provides classroom resources, including learning tools, presentations, and classroom activities relating to monarch parasites (particularly the OE parasite).
  • Saving the Monarch Butterfly USFWS Video Series - In this video series “Saving The Monarch Butterfly,” Kim Betton reports on research and partnership successes through the Monarch Joint Venture, State Wildlife Action Plans, the value of educating our youth – our future conservationists, and how you can get involved to help make a difference.
  • The Birds and the Bees and . . .The Beetles? Why we should care about pollinators - This US Fish and Wildlife Service downloadable presentation provides an introduction to pollinators. It was developed for refuges, nature centers, scouts, 4-H, and other leaders to download and use as an introduction to local observation of pollinators.
  • The Field Museum’s Monarch Book and Monarch Coloring Book - Learn about an ancient Mexican monarch legend with the Field Museum's Monarch Book and Monarch Coloring Book (disponible en español). You can download a free copy at this link. Look under "LEARN MORE ABOUT MONARCH BUTTERFLIES" to find this resource!
  • Wild for Monarchs PowerPoint Presentation - The Wild for Monarchs PowerPoint presentation is a great educational tool for anyone looking to give a talk about monarchs.
  • Youth Education Webinar: The Magic of Monarchs - The Texas Wildlife Association and Monarch Watch have created a youth education webinar about the monarch life cycle, migration and what we can do to help conserve monarchs. The webinar has a follow along worksheet, post webinar activities and asks students questions throughout the program. Scroll down to find the Magic of Monarchs webinar on the TWA website.

Stories, Video and Other Media

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Maiden of the Monarchs

Maiden of the Monarchs

Discoverer of the monarch butterfly wintering site in Mexico, Catalina Aguado Trail, breaks decades of silence to tell her story. This article in Texas Parks and Wildlife Magazine shares her memories and story about the discovery.

Links

  • Conservation Blueprint Habitat Tip Video: Milkweed Management - This habitat tip discusses the importance of milkweed and successful milkweed management for butterflies and pollinators.
  • Flight of the Butterflies - It’s a natural history epic. It’s a compelling detective story. It’s a scientific adventure at its best. It took Dr. Fred Urquhart almost 40 years to discover the monarch butterflies’ secret hideaway and prove the most incredible migration on Earth. This film is available in 3D, Imax, and on Netflix.
  • How to increase food production by using native pollinators - This TEDx talk by Laura Klahre make an argument for switching from European honeybees to local pollinators to increase agricultural production.
  • iSWOOP Transforms - Monarch butterflies particularly capture attention. Among all the pollinators in the news, their cross-continental journey and transformation remind us of ISWOOP’s mission to transform the way science is communicated to the public in natural places. The iSWOOP project brings together scientists, educators and park rangers to increase STEM learning opportunities for National Park visitors. This transformative model includes the development of compelling visualizations about the innovative methods that scientists use to study the natural world. These visualizations and the conversations they fuel help rangers reveal how we know what we know. In 2017 iSWOOP flew beyond the borders of national parks, expanding its partnerships to include the US Fish & Wildlife Service, California State Parks, and Mexico (Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Preserve). Through this new partnership, iSWOOP-affiliated wildlife biologists are experimenting with innovative technological approaches to better estimate the Monarch population and are committed to establishing a public education strategy to increase awareness and support for science-based approaches to conservation.
  • Monarch Conservation Webinar Series - The MJV is partnering with the USFWS to develop a series of webinars regarding many aspects of monarch biology and conservation. The webinars can be viewed live and via the NCTC archive.
  • Moving for Monarchs - A collaboration of artists, scientists, and conservationists, Moving for Monarchs is an initiative to inspire the protection and planting of essential pollinator habitat and preservation of the “dance of life” for pollinators, people, and the planet.
  • People, Plants and Pollinators - In this Nat Geo Live video, Emerging Explorer Dino Martins explains how all types of pollinators keep the world working.
  • Pheasants Forever Habitat Tip: No Milkweed, No Monarchs - In this habitat tip, Nebraska Pheasants Forever discusses the importance of milkweed to the monarch butterfly population, as well as six different milkweed species that are commercially available to put in your next habitat project.
  • Plants, Pollinators and People: A Love Story - This TEDx talk by Kyra Krakos explains the romantic interactions between plants, pollinators, and people and the evolutionary adaptations that brought them together.
  • Pollinators Under Pressure - This documentary produced by Tree Media and narrated by Leonardo DiCaprio is about the struggle for survival of pollinators around the world and what everyone can do to help. It is available to stream for free on the film's website.
  • The Guardians - A visually dazzling meditation on the delicate balance between human and nature, The Guardians film elegantly interweaves the lives of the iconic monarch butterfly with an indigenous community in Mexico. Both depend on the same ancient forest for their survival and now face an uncertain future.
  • The Hidden Beauty of Pollination - In this TED talk from 2011, filmmaker Louie Schwartzberg shares intricate footage of pollen and pollinators from his film "Wings of Life."
  • The monarch’s stupendous migration, dissected - The feisty orange-black butterfly uses a toolbox of biological tricks to find its way down to Mexico for winter and flap north again in spring. This cartoon illustrates how scientists figured out those tricks — and what they don’t yet understand. Story by Tim Vernimmen Illustrated by Maki Naro 06.14.2018

Monarch Research

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Managing monarch butterfly overwintering groves: making room among the eucalyptus

Managing monarch butterfly overwintering groves: making room among the eucalyptus

This research by Monarch Alert, published in California Fish and Game 2015, describes whether or not monarchs exhibit a preference for native vs. non-native tree species in overwintering groves in California.

Top 10 Findings: Status of D. plexippus in Arizona

Top 10 Findings: Status of D. plexippus in Arizona

This summary of Morris et al. (2015) provides key findings from Arizona based research yielding insights into monarch migration and breeding in Arizona.

Monitoring Monarch Butterfies and Their Habitat across North America

Monitoring Monarch Butterfies and Their Habitat across North America

Part of the Trinational Monarch Conservation Science Partnership, which is focused on shared research and monitoring priorities, convened in Toluca, Mexico (March 2017) to discuss shared monitoring priorities. Workshop goals included: 1) identifying trinational monitoring priorities, 2) discussing inventory and monitoring protocols for monarch butterfly life stages, and monarch habitat, and 3) determining monitoring action plans across North America. This report compiles products of the workshop, including trinational monitoring priorities, an inventory of monitoring protocols produced to date, initial steps toward coordinating trinational monitoring efforts, and recommendations for anticipated challenges.

Links

  • Baum Lab at OSU - The Baum Lab research focuses on the effects of landscape structure on the distribution, abundance, and movement of organisms. Current research projects focus on pollinators including monarchs, disease vectors, threatened/endangered species, and invasive species.
  • CEC Monarch Conservation Toolbox - The toolbox is intended for farmers, other landowners, monarch experts and members of the general public interested in monarch conservation. It is hoped that practitioners and policy makers will use the toolbox to identify and replicate proven, successful practices, programs and projects in support of future monarch conservation efforts. This toolbox includes best management practices for the conservation and restoration of monarch butterfly breeding and feeding habitat across North America; conservation incentive programs for private landowners; and pilot projects intended to restore, enhance and manage monarch breeding and flyway habitat in Canada, Mexico and the United States.
  • De Roode Lab at Emory University - The De Roode Lab studies the ecology and evolution of parasites and their hosts as well as the genetics of monarch butterfly migration. They use monarch butterflies, human malaria, honeybees, fruit flies and worms to understand the evolution of parasite virulence, animal medication and drug resistance.
  • Enhancing Monarch Butterfly Reproduction by Mowing Fields of Common Milkweed - This study examined if mowing milkweed during the growing season increases monarch reproduction. Mowing can positively affect milkweed growth and suitability to monarch eggs and larvae, but timing of mowing is critical and varies regionally.
  • Monarch Alert - Monarch Alert conducts research and citizen scientist monitoring to better document the western monarch overwintering population.
  • Monarch Butterflies & Monarch Joint Venture and Monarch Lab Research - The Public Lands Podcast featured the MJV and University of Minnesota Monarch Lab to discuss monarch butterfly habitat, research and how you can get involved.
  • Monarch Conservation Science Partnership - The MCSP is a collaboration between government, academia and NGO sectors to advance monarch science status and needs in the US. In support of the Monarch Conservation Science Partnership, USGS' Jason Rohweder and Wayne Thogmartin developed desktop and online decision support tools to help in conservation planning for the imperiled monarch butterfly. These tools, developed using the python scripting library with ESRI ArcGIS software version 10.3, include a 'County Ranking Tool' which can be used for national, regional, or local prioritization of conservation activity; a 'Milkweed Calculator' to tabulate the amount of current and expected milkweed in a particular area of interest, and; a 'County Area Adjustment Tool' (available for desktop only) which can tabulate consequences of land change (a tool which has utility well beyond monarchs and the resources that sustain them). These tools and an associated user's manual and instructional video are available at this link.
  • Monarch Health - Monarch Health is a citizen science project and research lab based at the University of Georgia dedicated to researching the monarch parasite, OE.
  • Monarch Net - Monarch Net is a centralized resource of butterfly- and monarch-focused citizen science programs with a database of monitoring data, and a library of research published using monarch-focused citizen science.
  • Monarch Research and Advanced Topics - Dr. Sonia Altizer, Dr. Lincoln Brower, and Dr. Karen Oberhauser discuss advanced research topics in this Monarch Conservation Webinar. Learn about cutting edge monarch research using new techniques to answer questions about things like migration and population genetics. Additionally, learn about research in the areas of overwintering monarchs, disease spread, natural enemies, population trends, and climate change.
  • The Reppert Lab - Dr. Steven M. Reppert and his associates at the University of Massachusetts Medical School use anatomical, cellular, molecular, electrophysiological, genetic and behavioral approaches to more fully understand the biological basis of monarch migration, with a focus on the butterfly's navigational abilities and its distinctive circadian clock. Their website is intended as a resource and a gateway for monarch lovers of all stripes (and spots).
  • University of Minnesota Monarch Lab - The University of Minnesota Monarch Lab is an educational and research program focused on the use of monarchs as a tool in classroom and outdoor education.
  • University of Texas at San Antonio - The University of Texas at San Antonio’s monarch and milkweed research program is the result of UTSA’s Environmental Science Academic Program's engagement in a research contract with the Texas State Comptroller Office. This research is focused on assessing the monarchs greatest resource in Texas, milkweed, through roadside and site specific surveys, greenhouse experiments and field experiments. The research will result in a comprehensive report on native milkweeds in Texas.
  • WWF Wildlife and Climate Change Series: Monarch Butterfly - This report illustrates climate vulnerability rankings for monarchs and provides climate-adaptive management recommendations.

Espanol/Spanish Materials

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MJV Fact Sheet (Spanish)

MJV Fact Sheet (Spanish)

This fact sheet provides a quick introduction to the monarch migration, monarch conservation issues, and the Monarch Joint Venture.

Plant Milkweed Bookmark (Spanish)

Plant Milkweed Bookmark (Spanish)

The Plant Milkweed for Monarchs brochure comes in both English and Spanish languages.

Jardinería para Monarcas

Jardinería para Monarcas

Crear un hábitat para las mariposas monarca y demás polinizadores.

Temas de discusión sobre la conservación de la mariposa monarca

Temas de discusión sobre la conservación de la mariposa monarca

Estos temas de discusión describen el valor de la migración de la monarca, los beneficios de conservarlas y las medidas necesarias para conservar su migración.

Criar monarcas

Criar monarcas

Guía para criar monarcas en casa o en el aula

Siembra algodoncillo para las Monarca

Siembra algodoncillo para las Monarca

Seleccionar y encontrar plantas de algodoncillo

Posibles riesgos de sembrar algodoncillo exótico para monarcas

Posibles riesgos de sembrar algodoncillo exótico para monarcas

Las monarca que se reproducen todo el año en el algodoncillo tropical se enfrentan a varios retos.

Embellezcamos Nuestros Jardines y Protejamos las Mariposas Monarca, Sembrando Algodoncillos.

Embellezcamos Nuestros Jardines y Protejamos las Mariposas Monarca, Sembrando Algodoncillos.

This Spanish document was written by Dr. Nadia Navarrete-Tindall of Lincoln University’s Cooperative Extension in cooperation with Missouri Prairie Foundation's Grow Native program.

2015 Press Release (Spanish): Overwintering Population

2015 Press Release (Spanish): Overwintering Population

2015 eastern overwintering monarch population report (Spanish).

Celebrating Monarchs Poster (Spanish)

Celebrating Monarchs Poster (Spanish)

This poster comes in both Spanish and English.

Guía para la conservación de la mariposa monarca urbana

Guía para la conservación de la mariposa monarca urbana

La Guía de Conservación de la mariposa monarca urbana hace un mapa de la ciudad desde el punto de vista de un monarca, de una manera que al final une estas piezas en una estrategia general y ayuda a las ciudades a establecer prioridades y objetivos para la recuperación de la monarca. Descubre más en el sitio de The Field Museum.

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MJV Documents

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2009-2014 MJV Annual Report

2009-2014 MJV Annual Report

The 2009-2014 report was prepared for the U.S. Forest Service in 2014. It describes the structure and organization of the MJV partnership, includes MJV and partner accomplishments, and provides a financial and investments summary.

MJV 2015 Annual Report

MJV 2015 Annual Report

The 2015 MJV Annual Report was prepared in November 2015 in preparation for the Monarch Joint Venture annual partner meeting.

2016 MJV Annual Report

2016 MJV Annual Report

The 2016 annual report provides details on MJV operations and describes partner efforts.

Monarch Joint Venture Bylaws

Monarch Joint Venture Bylaws

Operating procedures and bylaws for the MJV partnership and steering committee.

Monarch Habitat Success Story Manual Entry Form

Monarch Habitat Success Story Manual Entry Form

This form allows you to submit your monarch habitat to our Map of Monarch Habitat Success Stories, if the online submission form does not work for you.

Monarch Joint Venture Overview

Monarch Joint Venture Overview

This document provides a description of the MJV, our background and approach.

MJV Sponsorship Form

MJV Sponsorship Form

By becoming one of our corporate sponsors, you will support future generations of the iconic monarch butterfly through our coordinated habitat, research and education work.

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