Ready to help monarchs in Wisconsin? Great! Check out our general resources or find information specific to our working groups.

Key resources by working group (Click working group names to expand/collapse)

  • Monarch Habitat Tips for Gardeners in Urban Areas — from the Wisconsin Monarch Collaborative
  • 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 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 — Compiled by the National Wildlife Federation, 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 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.
Connect with organizations working on monarch conservation in urban spaces:

Connect with organizations working on monarch conservation on working lands:

  • Tips for Creating Monarch Habitat on Protected Lands — from the Wisconsin Monarch Collaborative
  • 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 other pollinators. It includes potential impacts of fire, grazing, mowing, herbicides, and insecticides. It provides recommendations for how to adjust the use of these management actions to benefit pollinators.
Connect with organizations working on monarch conservation on protected lands:

  • Tips for Creating Monarch Habitat in Rights-of-Way Areas — from the Wisconsin Monarch Collaborative
  • 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.
  • Roadside Habitat for Monarchs — This webpage from the Monarch Joint Venture compiles several useful resources including a landscape prioritization model, habitat evaluation tool, and Best Management Practices for creating monarch habitat in rights-of-way.
  • Nationwide Candidate Conservation Agreement for Monarch Butterfly — The Candidate Conservation Agreement (CCA) and Candidate Conservation Agreement with Assurances (CCAA) for Monarch Butterfly on Energy and Transportation Lands program from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service offers incentives for monarch conservation efforts along rights-of-way in light of monarchs being a candidate species for the Endangered Species List.
Connect with organizations working on monarch habitat in rights-of-way:
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.