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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, and more. MJV has compiled many of these online resources for you to use, visit this page if you don't find what you're looking for here.

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MJV Handouts

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.

Habitat Management

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.

Milkweed

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.

Nectar Plants

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.

Conservation Plans

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.

Migration Maps

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.

Advocacy

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.

Gardening

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.

Agriculture

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.

Rights-of-Way

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.

Urban/Suburban Areas

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

Citizen Science

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.

Western Monarchs

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.

For Kids

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.

Education

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.

Stories, Video and Other Media

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.

Monarch Research

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.

Espanol/Spanish Materials

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.

MJV Documents

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.