Monarch Information for Friends


Monarch chrysalis on zinnia
Photo: Tina Shaw/USFWS

Monarch caterpillar
Photo: Rick Hansen/USFWS

Monarch butterfly on showy milkweed
Photo: Tom Koerner/USFWS


Monarch butterflies are among the most recognizable species of wildlife in America. They undertake a remarkable and fascinating migration, traveling thousands of miles over many generations from Mexico, across the United States, to Canada.

North American monarch butterflies are in trouble. Less than 20 years ago, the Eastern population of monarchs wintering in Mexico was estimated at more than a billion. In 2014, that population had plummeted to only about 50 million butterflies. Threats, including loss of critical milkweed, are having a devastating impact on their populations and the migration phenomenon. Without action now, the monarch, this amazing animal could disappear in a generation.

Many refuges and Friends groups have monarch festivals, milkweed seed and planting activities and other events to promote monarch conservation. The games, crafts, activities, fact sheets and presentations below may help you plan your own events.

Additional information is available at fws.gov/savethemonarch.