Use the Library of Technical Articles

Here are some helpful articles that explain the issues and provide more information on habitat protection and restoration of Monarch-Butterfly populations

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.

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.

pdf Attracting Pollinators to Your Garden Using Native Plants
By: US Forest Service
Many of us enjoy the beauty of flowers in our backyard and community gardens. Growing native plants adds beauty and important habitats for wildlife, especially for pollinators.

pdf Prairie Parkland Temperate Province Planting Guide
By: The Pollinator Partnership
Our ecoregional planting guides, Selecting Plants for Pollinators, are tailored to specific areas of the United States. You can find out which ecoregion you live in and get your free guide Starting on Page 16 of the planting guides you can find lists of plant names that will attract pollinators and help you build beautiful pollinator habitat! Print these lists and bring them to your local native plant, garden center or nursery.

Monarchs - The Milkweed Mission
By: NobelityProject
The Milkweed Mission tracks the amazing year-long path of North America's main Monarch butterfly migration, documenting threats from logging and community conservation challenges in the winter reserves in Michoacán, Mexico to loss of essential pollinators and milkweeds due to droughts, climate change and chemical agriculture across the U.S ...

Migration and life of the Monarch
By: US Fish and Wildlife Service
Meet Dr. Francis Villablanca, a professor at Cal Poly University,  and learn about the amazing migration and life of the Monarch Butterfly, and the technology that is used to track these butterflies over thousands of miles.

pdf Improving the monarch count
By: Joanna Gilkeson
Every year, monarchs from as far away as Idaho , Utah, Arizona and other Western states converge to spend the winter in tree groves along the Pacific coast and at a few inland sites.

pdf Matching monarchs using citizen science
By: US Fish and Wildlife Service
Matching monarchs using citizen science

pdf 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.

pdf Working Lands for Monarch Butterflies
By: Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS)
Good for butterflies, good for your bottom line.

pdf Nationwide Candidate Conservation Agreement on Energy and Transportation Lands
By: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
The monarch butterfly Candidate Conservation Agreement with Assurance with integrated Candidate Conservation Agreement for energy and transportation lands is a remarkable opportunity to help the monarch and other pollinators.

pdf Monarch Butterfly Habitat Development Project
By: Natural Resources Conservation Service
The NRCS Monarch Butterfly Habitat Development Project focuses on the Eastern population of the monarch butterfly, which occurs in all states east of the Rocky Mountains.

Habitat Tip: Pumpkins, Pollinators, and Great Habitat
By: Conservation Blueprint
Conservation Blueprint's Peter Berthelsen explains how pumpkins and pollinators interact, in this seasonal Habitat Tip.

Up In Smoke: Fire and Invasives on Western Rangelands
By: Intermountain West Joint Venture
Sagebrush rangelands once covered nearly 250 million acres in western North America. Today, this landscape has been reduced to half its original size and is rapidly shrinking.

pdf Understanding Rural Attitudes Toward the Environment and Conservation in America
By: Robert Bonnie, Emily Pechar Diamond, and Elizabeth Rowe
Rural Americans matter—a lot—to the fate of U.S. environmental policy. Not only do farmers, ranchers, and forest owners manage huge portions of American lands and watersheds, but rural voters also have an outsized impact on national policy.

Using Existing Tools to Expand Cooperative Conservation for Candidate Species Across Federal and Non-Federal Lands
By: US Fish and Wildlife Service
For many years the Service has worked with partners to help them develop Candidate Conservation Agreements (CCAs). CCAs primarily have been developed by Federal agencies to cover Federal lands, and several have resulted in conservation efforts that made listing unnecessary.

Opening the Treasure of New Insights about Monarch Butterflies in the Deserts
By: Gail Morris
Little was known about monarch butterflies in the Southwest region of the United States but new studies reveal a modest population with promising conservation implications.

Designing Seed Mixes for Native Habitat
By: Justin Meissen, Tallgrass Prairie Center Research and Restoration Program.
A well-designed seed mix is an essential component of any native habitat restoration project. The seeds we use in each mix ultimately define the character of restored vegetation, and determine how well a restoration project can meet its goals.

5th Generation Monarchs: What Do We Know and Not Know
By: Dr. Kristen Baum, Assistant Professor, Oklahoma State University
Monarchs migrate through the southern Great Plains in the spring and fall, and also reproduce in this region in the spring and late summer/early fall.

pdf Species Status Assessment: Monarch Butterfly
By: US Fish and Wildlife Service
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service received a petition to list the monarch butterfly under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) on August 26, 2014.

How saving one butterfly could help save the prairie
By: US Fish and Wildlife Service
The monarch is more than one butterfly. Think of it as an ambassador to a mosaic of prairie plants and animals that all need soil, sun and time to grow.

Deadline extended for decision on whether Monarch warrants ESA Protection
By: US Fish and Wildlife Service
The monarch butterfly is in trouble

Monarch butterfly specialty plate chosen after 12,800 pollinator enthusiasts pick their favorite design
By: Kelly Bostian, Tulsa World
Check what voters selected this design by artist Rick Sinnett for the Nature Conservancy’s monarch license plate, which will raise funds for pollinators.& ...

pdf Cooperative Conservation - Determinants of Landowner Engagement in Conserving Endangered Species
By: Megan E. Hansen
This paper analyzes surveys of private landowners to identify factors that determine landowner engagement in the conservation of endangered species.

6 Basic Steps to Conveying a Conservation Easement
By: Robert Levin
How does one go about donating or selling a conservation easement.? There is no one right way to go about it. However, the following outline shows the most common steps to the process.

The Law of Agricultural Land Preservation in the United States
By: Thomas Daniels and John Keene
Thomas Daniels and John Keene's new book breaks down the legal principles, federal and state requirements, and the legal issues that affect agricultural land preservation efforts.