Events & National News

Xerces Wester Monarch in Crisis
To List or Not to List:
Monarch Butterfly ESA Decision Due at End of 2020

In 2014, several environmental groups petitioned the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (“FWS”) to list the monarch butterfly under the Endangered Species Act (“ESA”). 

Monarch Count Numbers
Early Thanksgiving Monarch Count Numbers are Coming In


It seems very likely that we are headed for an all-time low population count

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 Sparse clusters of monarchs in fall 2020 at Pismo State Beach, usually the largest overwintering site in California. (Photo: Sarah Sindel, California State Parks.)

Climate and Monarch Migration
How Changes in Climate Affect Monarchs and Other Pollinators in West and East

Watch a 70-minute YouTube presentation by Chip Taylor (Monarch Watch) discussing the differences in observed climate change in the west and the east, and how that could vastly affect the eastern and western populations of monarch butterflies.

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

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.

The 2021 Monarch Conservation Webinar Series
We are Excited to Announce the Topics for the 2021 Monarch Conservation Webinar Series.


The Monarch Joint Venture is partnering with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service National Conservation Training Center to put on another year full of informative and inspiring webinars on all things monarch.

MJV-NCTC's Monarch Webinar Series - DEC 2020
"Combining Engagement and Fundraising for Monarchs"

Presenters, Ella Phillips - Monarch Joint Venture, Drew Larsen - Pheasants Forever, and Katie-Lyn Bunney - Monarch Joint Venture will Provide some tools and tips for combining fundraising and engagement for your monarch conservation efforts.Tuesday 12/15 2 PM Eastern Time

2021 Monarch Summit?

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


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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Finds Endangered Species Act Listing for Monarch Butterfly Warranted but Precluded