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Moving for Monarchs GwyneddMoving for Monarchs (M4M) is a dance, film and photography project to “save the world one butterfly at a time.” Read more about it and find out how you can get involved.

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From the Wild for Monarch Blog:

Monarch Monitoring Training

Tim : May 21, 2018 9:44 am : Pollinators, What's New, Wild for Monarchs

Help Monarch Joint Venture

Monarch Joint Venture invites Wild Ones members to join a nationwide initiative to monitor monarch populations and habitat throughout the species’ breeding range. This initiative draws from successful citizen science programs, and prioritizes a random sampling of potential monarch habitat. Wild Ones members have a unique ability to greatly contribute to this effort by participating in habitat surveys and identifying nectar resources on survey sites. 

 At training workshops, you will learn about monarch biology; monarch and milkweed identification; how to survey for nectar resources, milkweed, monarch eggs, larvae and adults; and how to raise monarchs. You can then conduct any of these activities on your monitoring site.

Citizen scientists provide valuable data to monarch conservation through the Integrated Monarch Monitoring Program (IMMP). To learn about how to count monarchs and carefully describe their habitats, please consider attending one of our 2018 training sessions. If these dates don’t work for you, please check back as additional offerings are added to the calendar.

APRIL 28-29: Brunswick, GA. 

MAY 8-9: Des Moines, IA

MAY 15: New Richmond, WI

MAY 19-20: Chicago, IL

JUNE 2-3: Madison, WI (Dane County UW Extension Office)

JUNE 7-8: Stockbridge, GA (Panola Mountain State Park)  
Contact Susan Meyers with questions: smmeyers@gmail.com

JUNE 9-10:  Bloomington, MN (MN Valley National Wildlife Refuge)

JUNE 23-24: Bradner, OH (Bradner Preserve)

July 21-22: New London, WI (Mosquito Hill Nature Center)

Click here to register for a training workshop.

All of the IMMP trainings are two days and cost $50 to attend. The fee covers the training, lunch during the workshop, and a kit of monitoring supplies. Cost: $50 (The fee covers the expense of lunch during the workshop and your very own monitoring kit. Need-based scholarships are available upon request—please contact mjvmonitoring@umn.edu. Space is limited to 30 participants.

Additionally, as we explore interest across the US, it is likely that other workshops will be offered this season. If you would like to attend a training workshop and cannot make it to one of the scheduled trainings, please complete this form to let us know where you are. We will then contact you if there is enough interest in your area and we’re able to schedule one near you.

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Just when the caterpillar thought the world was over, it turned into a butterfly.” – Anonymous

Monarchs on blazing star

Photo by Jamie Fuerst

Our Partners in Wild for Monarchs

At the 2012 Wild Ones Annual Membership Meeting, the membership voted to partner with Monarch Joint Venture and Monarch Watch’s Bring Back the Monarchs program to help the monarchs and their migration. As a result of that meeting, Wild Ones established a committee which spent the next eight months developing information, materials, presentations and contacts which officially became the Wild for Monarchs campaign.  The campaign is designed to harness the power of our national membership and our 50 local chapters to educate and advocate for the monarchs and the native plants that support the monarch population and their migration.

Moving for Monarchs became our partner in 2014 and has shared the stage with us here at the WILD Center.

NPGN-Logo-4c (2)In 2015 we expanded our partnerships to include The Nature Conservancy’s Go Wild with Native Gardening program  and the National Pollinator Garden Network’s campaign to register one million pollinator gardens nationwide. Preserving, restoring and establishing native plant communities is the most effective way to preserve habitat for native pollinators – bees, butterflies, including monarchs, ants, and bats. We see these partnerships as a step in the right direction toward better native habitat development, management and protection.

Native pollinators are an essential part of a healthy environment and our very livelihood.  Wild Ones and our partners will continue to educate the public about the importance of maintaining native habitat for our native pollinators and to promote the use of appropriate native landscaping best practices.

Monarch Migration in Danger

Monarch Caterpillar on Butterfly Milkweed

Monarch Caterpillar on Butterfly Milkweed. Photo by Betty Hall

The Monarch Butterfly (Danaus plexippus) is the state insect of Alabama, Idaho, Illinois, Minnesota, Texas, and West Virginia. Although this magnificent insect is not endangered, many populations face an uncertain future due to habitat loss in their wintering grounds in Mexico and California as well as in summer breeding grounds throughout North America. If you would like to read more information about the monarchs and their migration, please go to our monarch migration in danger webpage. Here you’ll find information and links to other good resources and websites.

What US Federal Government is Doing About It

In May 2015, the White House has issued the National Strategy to Promote the Health of Honey Bees and Other Pollinators As a follow up to that announcement in June 2015, the First Lady Michelle Obama again welcomed students from across the country to participate in the ten Let’s Move! sub-initiative programs to harvest the White House Kitchen Garden.   During this same event, she took the opportunity to also highlight the National Pollinator Garden Network Challenge These steps all were the result of the strong steps the White House took in 2014 toward developing a plan to improve monarch and pollinator habitat including more research.  Read more about the historic meeting on monarchs between the three North American Leaders Following that President Obama issued a Memorandum creating a federal strategy to promote the health of honey bees and other pollinators.  The fact sheet on the economic challenge posed by declining pollinator populations guidelines is thought-provoking.  As a result of President Obama’s Memo, managers of federal facilities are integrating pollinator-friendly strategies into everyday design, operations and maintenance activities.

What Wild Ones is Doing About It

The Wild for Monarchs committee has done a superb job in developing materials to educate the public about the native plants that monarchs need to thrive and to survive their migration.  This webpage includes the Wild For Monarchs campaign materials, including a list of plants that should be in your yard.  Here you will also find some of the very excellent articles carried in the Wild Ones Journal about the awesome monarch butterfly.  Please read What Wild Ones Is Doing About It  to learn more.

Wild Ones Milkweed in State Capitals Letter Writing Campaign

Wild Ones recently launched a letter writing campaign asking the state governors to grow milkweed at the state capitals and at their residences.  We thought you might like to join this campaign by writing letters to the governors of your states.  Follow the link above to see a sample letter, emails and talking points you can use in your own correspondence or go to Letter Writing Campaign for more information.

What You Can Do To Help

monarchs Yes, everyone can do something to help the monarch.  Here are some things you can do to help in your own yard, your city, county or state.  Saving milkweed seed for Monarch Watch’s Milkweed Market is a big something you can do to help also.  Here is a list by state of the seed Monarch Watch is looking for.  Use the label included under Milkweed Basics to successful ship your seed to Monarch Watch.  You too can be Wild for Monarchs!  To purchase milkweed plugs through Monarch Watch go to Monarch Watch Milkweed Market To find a local supplier of milkweed seed through Xerces Society go to Milkweed Seed Finder. If you would like to transplant milkweed, here is a wonderful article that will help.  Moving Milkweed

 Awesome Activities For Kids

  • Here is a list of activities that you can do with kids to help them learn about the monarchs.  If you have any additional items that could be posted here, please email: monarchs@wildones.org.
  • Have you or your children ever seen butterfly airplanes in your yard?  in your garden?  Then you’ll love this book by Joan Calder entitled Airplanes in the Garden.  Written in a format easily understood by children, the illustrations are also awesome.  Order yours now from the Wild Ones Wild Store.  Just $20 which includes shipping and handling.
  • Milkweed, Monarchs and More – a Field Guide to the Invertebrate Community in the Milkweed The Enlarged and Updated Second Edition of Milkweed, Monarchs & More coverPatch by Ba Rea, Karen Oberhauser and Michael A. Quinn is a beautiful book about milkweed and the invertebrates that depend on milkweed, including monarchs.  If this is the guide for you, go to  https://www.monarchlab.org/store/p-59-the-enlarged-and-updated-second-edition-of-milkweed-monarchs-more.aspx to purchase this large format, 79 page book.
  • Wild Ones “Celebrate the Monarch” Photos Wild Ones Photo Contest has a special category year titled “Celebrate the Monarch.” Check out these great photos.  Watch for other awesome photos which we will post from time to time.

Have you ever seen what a flower looks like under a microscope?  Look here for some awesome shots of the Common Milkweed. http://www.microscopy-uk.org.uk/mag/indexmag.html?http://www.microscopy-uk.org.uk/mag/bj-index.html

Monarch Joint Venture

Monarch Joint Venture Monarch Joint Venture is comprised of a number of partners who are focused on preserving the Monarch butterfly. Monarch Joint Venture and its partners work throughout the U.S. to conserve and protect monarch populations and their migratory phenomena by implementing science-based habitat conservation and restoration measures in collaboration with multiple stakeholders. The partners in the joint venture  include federal agencies, university botany departments and private not-for-profits including nature centers and member organizations.

Monarch Watch’s Bring Back the Monarchs Program


Wild Ones is pleased to be partnering with the Monarch Watch (MW) Bring Back the Monarchs program (BBTM) which has the primary focus of gathering and propagating seed in an effort to increase the milkweed population throughout the United States. BBTM is concentrating on the 21 most common species.

We encourage everyone to help us out with this effort by gathering milkweed seed in authorized locations, cleaning the seed, preparing appropriate labels and sending it into Monarch Watch for future use. Click here for additional details Monarch Watch’s Bring Back the Monarchs www.monarchwatch.org/bring-back-the-monarchs