Monarch Conservation Database

Monarch butterfly on butterflyweed. Photo by Mara Koenig, USFWS.
Monarch butterfly on butterflyweed. Photo by Mara Koenig/USFWS.

We have developed a database to capture information about recently (i.e. since 2014) completed, ongoing and planned conservation efforts for the monarch butterfly. Conservation efforts are on-the-ground actions designed to improve the population status of monarchs. This includes improving and creating habitat by enhancing milkweed and blooming nectar plant resources. The database will help the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and conservation partners assess conditions for the monarch now and into the future, across the United States.

Access the Monarch Conservation Database Secure Web Application

How to Use the Monarch Conservation Database

Register for access to the MCD web application

The first step to register for access to the database web application is to send an email to In the email include the following information:

  1. First and last name
  2. Organization (or indicate that you are a private individual)
  3. Email address
  4. Phone number (which is optional – this just gives us another way to contact you)

Before providing us with your information, you may prefer to read the disclaimers that describe how we use your information and your privacy rights. The disclaimers are available below.

After sending the registration request, you will receive an email from the Fish and Wildlife Service’s Environmental Conservation Online System (ECOS) Helpdesk with:

  1. A link to login to the ECOS public website
  2. A temporary password (your user name will be the email address you provided)

Please see the User Guide (below) for instructions on how to continue using the Monarch Conservation Database.

Webinar Tutorials

August 23 Webinar Tutorial for Conservation Professionals

Webinar phone line (audio through your computer is not available)
Phone: 1-888-942-8163   
Participant Passcode: 7657815#


Webinar join instructions
1. Join the meeting now:

2. Enter the required fields (the Conference/Meeting Passcode is not required). The meeting number is 743130248, if requested.

3. Indicate that you have read the Privacy Policy.

4. Click on Proceed.


Tutorial for Conservation Professionals

MCD Tutorial Webinar Slides and Script (PDF)


Tutorial for Smaller Conservation Efforts

Tutorial slides and script for backyard gardens and other efforts by private individuals (PDF)


Important Updates

For all users:

For users who would like to provide spatial data:

User Guide and Additional Aids

User Guide (PDF) updated August 20, 2018

Quick Reference Guide (PDF) updated August 20, 2018

Disclaimers (PDF)

Database Fields (PDF) updated June 7, 2018

Land Use and Activities Table (PDF) updated August 20, 2018

Simplified Version of Data Model (1.3 MB PDF)

Excel Bulk Upload Template (XLSX) updated August 20, 2018

Required Workflow Diagram (PDF) updated May 31, 2018

Learn more

Database FAQs (PDF)

Questions (with answers) received during the webinars (PDF)

Monarch Species Status Assessment

Policy for Evaluating Conservation Efforts When Making Listing Decisions (PDF)

Save the Monarch


Information provided during MCD development

Webinar Presentations