Monarch Conservation Database

Please enter your data by November 16. 2018!
Conservation efforts must be entered no later than November 16, 2018, to be considered in our analysis for the listing decision.  

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

We 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.

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)

Webinar addressing PECE Questions

Policy for Evaluating Conservation Efforts When Making Listing Decisions (PECE) PDF - provides information on how to answer PECE-related questions in the MCD


Important Updates

Users may now provide shapefiles one at a time through the single effort editor, or many at a time using the GIS Bulk Upload Template (available below).


User Guide and Additional Aids

User Guide (PDF) updated August 20, 2018

Quick Reference Guide (PDF) updated August 20, 2018

GIS bulk upload template (.zip shapefiles) new 

Excel Bulk Upload Template (XLSX) 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)

Required Workflow Diagram (PDF) updated May 31, 2018


Learn more

Database FAQs (PDF)

Questions and Answers received during the webinars (PDF) updated November 2018

Monarch Species Status Assessment

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

Save the Monarch



Information provided during MCD development

Webinar Presentations