Events & National News

Monarchs Rising from the Ashes
Wildfire Strikes Southern Oregon

In the last ten years, Oregon saw 500,000 acres burned by wildfires annually.

The West -
Temperatures, Fires, Monarchs and Politics

Thoughts from Dr. Chip Taylor, Founder and Director of Monarch Watch

Eastern and Western Update
Monarch Watch 29th Tag Season Update: July 2020

Eastern and Western population status; tagging: then, now and future; rearing, discussion on tagging wild vs. reared monarchs; progress on a new rearing, tagging and releasing survey.

Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution
Evaluating the Migration Mortality Hypothesis Using Monarch Tagging Data
Only Food Source for Monarch Caterpillars, Ubiquitously Contaminated


RENO, Nev. – New evidence identifies 64 pesticide residues in milkweed, the main food for monarch butterflies in the west. Milkweed samples from all of the locations studied in California’s Central Valley were contaminated with pesticides, sometimes at levels harmful to monarchs and other insects.

September 2020 Webinar
USFWS Pollinator Community of Practice

Raising Awareness – What’s the End Game?  Integrating Social Science into Monarch Conservation Planning
Thursday, September 3rd, 2020 2-3 PM (EDT)

Monarch Conservation Webinar
Best Management Practices for Monarchs and Other Pollinators on Rangelands

Register here for the August 2020 Monarch Conservation Webinar. You will receive additional details about participating in the webinar on the confirmation page after registering. This series is a collaborative effort between the Monarch Joint Venture and the National Conservation Training Center. We look forward to your participation!

Monarchs in Canada


Learn about recent Monarch Conservation in Canada in this webinar presented by Monarch Joint Venture and USFWS National Conservation Training Center on Tuesday June 23rd.

Greg Mitchell from Environment Canada will talk about the listing decision for monarchs in Canada, how they fund stewardship projects, and the conservation research in which he is currently involved.

Out West: Western Monarch Conservation Efforts Webinar Series by the Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (WAFWA)


Each episode will be held on the third Thursday of the month for June, July, and August, from 10:00-11:30 am PST. 
June 18 2020 10:00-11;30 PST


Title: Monarch Policy Update

Amanda Barth (Utah Dept. of Natural Resources) – Overview of Western Monarch Conservation Plan 2019
Cat Darst (USFWS) – Western Monarch population status/SSA/ESA
Steven Choy (USFWS) – Monarch Conservation Database
Iris Caldwell (University of Illinois—Chicago) – Monarch ROW CCAA in the Western US

Research Reports from the Field: Monarch Biology and Rearing


Held initially on May 26th, this webinar provides great information and a thought-provoking discussion regarding the controversial subject of monarch rearing.

Monarch Joint Venture and the USFWS National Conservation Training Center hosted this webinar with updates from Dr. Sonia Altizer with Project Monarch Health, Dr. Ania Majewska at Emory University, and Ayse Tenger-Trolander with Dr. Marcus Kronski from the University of Chicago. Moderated by Dr. Karen Oberhauser for each of the presenters as they share their recent research in monarch biology, ecology, and conservation, specifically as it relates to reared monarchs.

2021 Monarch Summit?

This has taken a back burner for now.  But that burner is still on!


Stay Tuned!

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The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service received a petition to list the monarch butterfly under the Endangered Species Act (ESA).  Their decision is due December 2020.

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