Monarch Butterfly

Educational Articles and Videos

The Miracle of Migration
By: Conservation Blueprint
In this Habitat Tip, we look at the miracle that is associated with the annual monarch butterfly migration. It happens all around us, but you may have never fully realized just how incredible an event it really is.
Western Monarch Butterfly Conservation Plan
By: Western Monarch Working Group
Concurrent with the status review, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (WAFWA) have actively promoted collaborative efforts across state, organizational, and landownership boundaries to address threats and opportunities facing monarchs and other pollinators.
Monarch Conservation Webinar Series
By: Monarch Joint Venture
The Monarch Conservation Webinar series is a collaborative effort between Monarch Joint Venture Partners and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s National Conservation Training Center.
Working Lands for Wildlife magazine: A Partnership for Conserving Landscapes, Communities and Wildlife
By: Working Lands for Wildlife
Through Working Lands for Wildlife (WLFW), the NRCS has created a win-win model of private lands conservation that benefits wildlife and people that now includes conservation efforts focused on 19 diverse landscapes in 48 states.
Reducing Woody Encroachment in Grasslands: A Guide for Understanding Risk and Vulnerability
By: Dirac Twidwell, Dillon Fogarty, and John Weir
A new guide, produced through a partnership between public university extension programs in the Great Plains, the USDA-NRCS’s Working Lands for Wildlife (WLFW), the USDA-NRCS’s Central National Technology Support Center (CNTSC), and various other conservation partners, provides the first-ever framework for addressing woody encroachment, now recognized as one of the top two drivers of grassland loss in the Great Plains.
Monarch Butterfly Tagging
By: Conservation Blueprint
It's that time of the year again ... time to celebrate the year's last generation of monarch butterflies as they prepare to migrate to central Mexico.& ...
How to Grow Your Own Milkweed
By: Conservation Blueprint
Milkweed is one of the best plants to have in your pollinator habitat — Conservation Blueprint's Pete Berthelsen shows you how to grow your own milkweed from seeds.
Putting the right plants into the right place
By: Conservation Blueprint
When designing your next pollinator habitat project, make sure that you are designing the seed mixture to include the combination of plants that meet your objectives.& ...
Pollinator Habitat Establishment and Management Guide
By: Bee & Butterfly Habitat Fund
The Bee & Butterfly Habitat Fund has produced a new guide that offers you step-by-step instructions and examples of how to produce great pollinator habitat.
Growing Milkweed for Monarch Conservation
By: Monarch Watch
As milkweed, the sole host plant for monarch butterflies, has diminished across the landscape, so have population numbers for the iconic butterfly.
Restoring Monarch Habitat
By: Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS)
The iconic monarch butterfly is one of the nation’s most familiar butterflies. But it’s declining because of the loss of habitat (especially milkweed, the only food of monarch caterpillars) and pesticides.
Habitat Tip: Pollinator Habitat & Agriculture
By: Conservation Blueprint
Conservation Blueprint's Peter Berthelsen explains how agricultural land and pollinator habits impact each other, and can work together, in this Habitat Tip.
Rangeland Management and Pollinators
By: The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation
Incorporating pollinator conservation into your rangeland management may not require large-scale changes, but rather a shift to a broader view of rangelands as permanent habitat for creatures large and small.
Matching monarchs using citizen science
By: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
In order to conserve the monarch migration in North America, scientists need a thorough understanding of all aspects of this phenomenal journey.
Nebraska Monarch And Pollinator Conservation Plan
By: Nebraska Monarch and Pollinator Initiative
In order to develop an effective conservation strategy for monarchs and other insect pollinators, a team for this planning project reached out to stakeholders with the goal of being all-inclusive.
Monarch friendly mowing
By: Monarch Collaborative
Incorporating best practices for mowing your land will help to ensure a healthy farm and quality habitat for monarch butterflies
Pollinator Plants of the Northern Plains
By: The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation
This guide features native plants that are highly attractive to pollinators and are well suited for small-scale plantings in gardens, on business and school campuses, in urban greenspaces, and in farm field borders.
Monarch Conservation Implementation Plan
By: Monarch Joint Venture
The Monarch Conservation Implementation Plan was derived from the North American Monarch Conservation Plan (CEC, 2008), and is updated annually by the Monarch Joint Venture (MJV), a national conservation partnership currently consisting of over 50 organizations working together to conserve the monarch migration.
Mowing and Management: Best Practices for Monarchs
By: Monarch Joint Venture
Understanding when monarchs are present allows land managers to time management practices like burning, mowing, grazing, or targeted pesticide application when they are least likely to harm monarchs.
Working Lands for Monarch Butterflies
By: Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS)
Good for butterflies, good for your bottom line.
Managing for Native Pollinators
By: USDA - NRCS
Small scale solutions for your farm instructional pamphlet.