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Studying Milkweed for Monarchs
October 21, 2015

Pilot project collects key information on milkweed densities to help inform national strategies for milkweed restoration.

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Concerns About Monarch Releases
October 8, 2015

"Breeding and releasing monarchs might seem like a harmless activity, something that might even help struggling populations. Unfortunately, the practice holds the potential to actually harm wild monarchs and disrupt research that is critical to their conservation.

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Monarch Butterfly Migration Video

Newsy Documentary: Saving the Migration
September, 2015

"We can't stay the course we're on or we will lose the migration," warns Dr. Chip Taylor.

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Mexico Book Project

Mexico Book Project
September 10, 2015

A literacy effort for the schools that surround the Mexican overwintering sanctuaries.

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Monarch Butterfly Conservation Story

Public-Private Parternship for Pollinators
September 3, 2015

Minnesota kicks off five-year effort to restore butterfly and bee habitat in the St. Croix River watershed.

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Monarch Butterfly Blog

New Blog: The Science of Monarch Butterflies
August 14, 2015

A blog about monarchs, written by monarch scientists, for people who love monarchs.

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Monarch Butterfly Research Collection ESA

Special Feature: Monarch Butterfly Research Collection
August 5, 2015

The Annals of the Entomological Society of America has published a collection of seven research papers based on citizen science data sets and focused on long-term trends in monarchs.

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Monarch Butterfly Interview PRI

Brochure to Promote Citizen Science
June 8, 2015

A beautiful new handout from Wild Ones summarizes monarch-related citizen science projects. Download, print, and promote to people in your network.

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Monarch Butterfly Interview PRI

Radio Interview: PRI's The World
May 21, 2015

'The situation is desperate' for monarch butterflies, but here's the plan to save them.

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Monarch Butterfly caterpillar eating milkweed

White House Announces Steps to Promote Pollinator Health
May 19, 2015

A new national conservation strategy to help pollinators includes a goal to increase the monarch population to 225 million butterflies. The population dropped to 57 million last winter.

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Monarch Mission in Minnesota
May 12, 2015

Television KARE11, Bachman's and Prairie Moon Nursery teamed up to encourage people to create backyard monarch habitats by giving away 11,000 packets of Rose Milkweed seeds.

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Monarch Butterfly and Flowering Milkweed

#SaveMilkweedSaveMonarchs Planting Challenge
May 11, 2015

Challenge friends or family to plant milkweed, then 'tag' 5 people you know to do the same.

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Make Way for Monarchs

Will Superweeds, Regulation Create Perfect Storm in Iowa?
May 3, 2015

New research revelations, government policy changes and farmers’ own dissatisfactions could radically alter both weed and pollinator management in the Midwest.

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Monarch Larva Monitoring Project

Volunteers Needed: Monarch Larva Monitoring Project
May 1, 2015

Citizen Scientists needed to collect data to help assess the status of the monarch population recovery by counting monarchs this summer.

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Monarch Conservation News

Small Step for Monarch, Giant Leap for Conservation
April 17, 2015

Conservationists from the US, Canada, and Mexico met at the Trilateral Committee for Wildlife and Ecosystem Conservation in San Diego. The goal: to find ways to help the nations work together to conserve North America’s wildlife and ecosystems — including monarchs.

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Keystone Monarch Collaborative Meeting

Keystone Monarch Butterfly Collaborative
April 7, 2015

Farm organizations, farmers, government agencies, monarch researchers, agriculture companies, and conservation organizations met on April 6-7, 2015 to explore how to achieve monarch recovery goals within the agricultural landscape.

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Monsanto

Monsanto to Provide $4M for Monarchs
March 31, 2015

Monsanto Agribusiness company says it's committing millions of dollars to the monarch recovery effort.

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Status of the Monarch Butterfly

Status of the Monarch Butterfly
March 26, 2015

A new report prepared for the U.S. Forest Service by NatureServe and the Xerces Society finds monarch butterflies in North America are vulnerable to extinction.

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Monarch Butterfly Migration Map

Share the Map
March 20, 2015

Build support for monarchs by posting the migration map on your website or blog. To understand the monarch's conservation needs, we rely on the help of citizen scientists. Invite your followers to report their monarch observations.

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Monarch Conservation Webinar Series

Monarch Conseration Webinar Series
March, 2015

Upcoming webinar topics have been announced: Citizen Science (Apri 23), Habitat Augmentation (April 30), Monarch Research (May 21). Previous programs can be viewed any time here.

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Monarch Rearing and Endangered Status

Monarch Rearing and Endangered Status
March 2015

In response to interest and concern, the wording about numbers of monarchs that individuals can rear and release has been revised from 10 to 100 wild caterpillars.

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Monarch Net News

Monarch Citizen Science and Data Accuracy
March 2015

Read Dr. Karen Oberhauser's thoughts based on the experiences of the three largest-scale monarch citizen science projects. (See pages 2 & 3.)

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NBC News: Effort to Save Monarch Butterfly Gets Boost
February 15, 2015

The monarch once a common sight across the country, their numbers have dropped off dramatically. now major effort underway to save them before too late.

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Q & A With Dr. Lincoln Brower
February 17, 2015

Dr. Brower talks ethics, endangered species, milkweed and monarchs.

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Monarch Butterflies Nectaring U.S. Government Pledges $3.2 Million for Monarch Conservation
February 9, 2015

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced a $3.2 million initiative for monarch conservation. About $2 million will restore 200,000 acres of habitat across the nation. The other $1.2 million will provide the first dedicated source of funding for projects working to conserve monarchs.

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Webinar

Webinar: Habitat Restoration Fundamentals
February 12, 2015

Step-by-step procedures for designing, installing, and managing native plant communities specifically designed for monarch breeding. Real world case studies will be provided, and successful approaches in multiple eco-regions will be described.

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Monarch Conservation: Our Choices
January 28, 2015

Dr. Chip Taylor of Monarch Watch outlines his views of the choices ahead, and says large scale public-private partnerships (P3s) are the best option.

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Illinois Tollway Planting 286 Miles of Milkweed
January 31, 2015

The Illinois Tollway Authority this week agreed to work with the Natural Resources Defense Council to plant milkweed along 286 miles of roadways, including suburban areas of I90, I88 and I294.

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Webinar

Monarch Moves Toward Endangered Species Status
December 29, 2014

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said today that Endangered Species Act protection may be warranted for monarchs. The agency will now conduct a one-year status review.

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Webinar

Webinar Series: Monarch Biology and Conservation Basics
December 5, 2014

Dec. 17, 2014 is the first webinar in a Series by the Monarch Joint Venture and the US Fish and Wildlife Service. Future webinars will focus on habitat conservation, milkweed propagation, and other topics to help you take an active role in conserving monarchs.

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Monarch Butterfly and Flowering Milkweed

USGS Brings Scientific Capabilities to Conservation Efforts
October 7, 2014

The U.S. Geological Survey is the research arm of the Department of the Interior. As a new MJV partner, the USGS will dedicate its expertise to strengthen monarch conservation in the U.S.

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Monarch Butterfly caterpillar eating milkweed

Presidential Memorandum to Protect Pollinators
June 20, 2014

Given the breadth, severity, and persistence of pollinator losses, the recent Presidential Memorandum expands Federal efforts and takes new steps to reverse pollinator losses and help restore populations to healthy levels.

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Monarch Butterfly and Flowering Milkweed

Journey North a New MJV Partner
April 17, 2014

As a member of the MJV monarch conservation team, Journey North will work collaboratively with other partners to help extend monarch conservation through citizen science monitoring, education, and outreach efforts.

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