Connect with others working on monarch recovery in Wisconsin

Connect with Organizations1:

1Organizations listed above either have representation on each of the four sector Working Groups, or have become proud supporters of the Collaborative. Their work may not be limited to the sector they are listed in above. If you would like to become a supporter of the Collaborative and have your organization listed on this website, please email Brenna Jones.

Connect with Individuals:

Monarch Conservation Efforts Map (updated 3/21/201):
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Managed by Monarch Joint Venture, this map helps users visualize what activities are happening across North America to benefit monarchs and their habitats, and to better connect people who are passionate about this issue.

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Key Resources for Urban Areas

  • City of Madison, WI Pollinator Protection Task Force Report — The Pollinator Protection Task Force compiled data and made recommendations in this report, utilizing resources such as the University of Wisconsin researchers, land use specialists, peer-reviewed scientific papers, and government reports. This report represents the City’s divisions and departments that are most likely to be able to have a positive impact on pollinator populations. This can be a resource for other cities hoping to improve strategies to protect monarchs and other pollinators.
  • Monarch Conservation in America’s Cities — This guide is intended for mayors, local government chief executives, municipal staff and others that want to take action to help save the declining monarch butterfly in their community. This guide provides case studies and shares innovative best practices that can be replicated by municipalities across the nation.
  • Pollinator Habitat Curriculum Guide — This guide outlines the habitat restoration process from site analysis and design through seed propagation and restoration management. Lessons are designed for K-12 students, but can be used by anyone as a resource to aid in planning and implementing a habitat restoration.

Key Resources for Protected Lands

  • Best Management Practices (BMP’s) for Improving Pollinator Habitat in Prairies, Roadsides & Open Spaces — The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection and the UW-Madison Department of Entomology facilitated the creation of a Pollinator Protection Plan, with input from stakeholders across the state. It seeks to improve public understanding of pollinator health issues and actions that affect pollinators and minimize risks to pollinators through voluntary actions that Wisconsin residents, businesses and agencies can take. The BMP’s for Improving Pollinator Habitat in Prairies, Roadsides & Open Spaces includes information about pollinator establishment timelines, how to pick a seed mix, how to maximize native forb establishment, etc.
  • Guidelines for Establishing a Prairie — Prairie Restorations, Inc. of Minnesota developed this resource to inform anyone interested in establishing a prairie on their property, or property they manage.
  • Pollinators in Natural Areas — This short booklet produced by the Xerces Society provides a summary of how land managers can protect and provide habitat for bees, butterflies and pollinators. It includes potential impacts on fire, grazing, mowing, herbicides, and insecticides. It provides recommendations for how to adjust the use of these management actions to benefit pollinators.

Key Resources for Agricultural Areas

  • The Wisconsin Pollinator Protection Plan’s Best Management Practices (BMP's) for Maximizing Pollinator Health & Pollinator Services on Farms — The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection and the UW-Madison Department of Entomology facilitated the creation of a Pollinator Protection Plan, with input from stakeholders across the state. It seeks to improve public understanding of pollinator health issues and actions that affect pollinators and minimize risks to pollinators through voluntary actions that Wisconsin residents, businesses and agencies can take. The BMP’s for Maximizing Pollinator Health & Pollinator Services on Farms includes information about beneficial farming practices for pollinators, cost-share and technical assistance for farmers, and information about pesticide use and avoiding drift.
  • Xerces Pollinator and Pesticide Risk Reduction Guidelines — This USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) manual provides NRCS state offices and IPM professionals with guidance on conservation strategies that can reduce the risk of pesticides to pollinators in farm landscapes. Adoption of the conservation strategies outlined in the manual may quality for NRCS support.
  • Pollinator Meadow Upper Midwest Installation Guide & Checklist — This guide was created by the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation, the Center for Integrated Agriculture Systems, and the University of Wisconsin - Madison. It contains in-depth guidance on how to install nectar and pollen habitat in the Upper Midwest Region.

Key Resources for Rights-of-Way

  • Rights-of-Way Stewardship Council — This is an accreditation program that establishes standards for rights-of-way vegetation management corridors.
  • Federal Highway Administration's Environmental Review Toolkit: Pollinators — This toolkit has numerous resources, including technical publications; guidance; case studies; and funding opportunities for creating, improving and maintaining pollinator habitat along roadsides.
  • 'Rights-of-Way as Habitat' Working Group — This group provides a forum to collaborate, share ideas, and identify best practices for habitat conservation on rights-of-way and other working land. The group's website has a variety of different resources, tools, best management practices, case studies, and information on funding opportunities.
For a comprehensive list of resources about monarchs, including information about their biology, threats, and a full list of national events please visit Monarch Joint Venture.