Helpful References/Links about Monarchs

Monarch Lab

The Monarch Lab aims to combine real science with techniques that work for both teachers and students. Within the Monarch Lab, there are opportunities for formal and informal educators to be guided in instructing their students to learn science in ways that reflect the science process methods scientists use to understand the natural world.

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Monarch Watch

Monarch Watch is a nonprofit education, conservation, and research program based at the University of Kansas that focuses on the monarch butterfly, its habitat, and its spectacular fall migration. Click Here!

Monarch Joint Venture

The Monarch Joint Venture (MJV) is a partnership of federal and state agencies, non-governmental organizations, and academic programs that are working together to support and coordinate efforts to protect the monarch migration across the lower 48 United States. The MJV is committed to a science-based approach to monarch conservation work, guided by the North American Monarch Conservation Plan (2008). Click Here!

Monarch Larva Monitoring Project (MLMP)

The Monarch Larva Monitoring Project (MLMP) is a citizen science project involving volunteers from across the United States and Canada in monarch research. It was developed by researchers at the University of Minnesota to collect long-term data on larval monarch populations and milkweed habitat. The overarching goal of the project is to better understand how and why monarch populations vary in time and space, with a focus on monarch distribution and abundance during the breeding season in North America. As an MLMP volunteer, your contributions will aid in conserving monarchs and their threatened migratory phenomenon, and advance our understanding of butterfly ecology in general. Click Here!

The XERCES Society (For Invertebrate Conservation)

The Xerces Society is a nonprofit organization that protects wildlife through the conservation of invertebrates and their habitat. For over forty years, the Society has been at the forefront of invertebrate protection worldwide, harnessing the knowledge of scientists and the enthusiasm of citizens to implement conservation programs. Click Here!

The Monarch Program

Est. in 1990, our main goal is to study the behavior and biology of monarch butterflies. We support educational programs, conservation and habitat creation. Click Here!

Controlled Rearing

Want to assist wild monarchs or other butterflies in your area, and do it safely and responsibly? Not sure how to get started? Click Here!

Butterflies In Your Playground

The following reference page is a favorite of Mrs. Gold and her students: Have you ever played on the playground at school and seen a butterfly floating through the air? They are beautiful and graceful, and if you don't know much about them, their behavior can seem very mysterious. With just a little research, though, you can learn all about these amazing creatures, and you might even have a little fun along the way! Click Here!