Monarch feeding at Monarch Lab, University of MN. Photo by Kim Betton / WSFR, USFWS
Monarch feeding at Monarch Lab, University of MN. Photo by Kim Betton / WSFR, USFWS

Saving the Monarch Butterfly

A Video Series by the Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is taking a lead role to help save the monarch butterfly that has been on a steady decline by 90 percent in recent years. As a result, the Service’s Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program (WSFR) has committed to assist States to include actions for monarch butterfly and other pollinator conservation projects funded through WSFR grants.

In this video series “Saving The Monarch Butterfly,” Kim Betton reports on research and partnership successes through the Monarch Joint Venture, State Wildlife Action Plans, the value of educating our youth – our future conservationists, and how you can get involved to help make a difference.


Partners in Conservation

Patuxent Research Refuge has partnered with electric companies in the Washington, DC and Baltimore, Maryland areas to help conserve the monarch butterfly and other pollinators. Through research management, education and support from States, the refuge is making scientific breakthroughs for significant change.

University of MN & The Monarch Joint Venture

The Monarch Joint Venture is breathing life into conservation efforts supporting the Monarch Butterfly. The organization, headquartered at the University of Minnesota is comprised of federal, state, non-governmental organizations, and academic programs. Kim Betton reports on the importance of partners pooling together to save monarchs and other pollinators.

The Value of State Wildlife Action Plans

State Wildlife Action Plans are putting a stamp on conservation success for species of greatest conservation need. The Plans, required by U.S. Congress are scheduled for updates every ten years. 2015 marked the year for the latest updates. In this report, Kim Betton explains why many States are including the Monarch Butterfly in their Plan and how communities can join the movement to help make a difference.

Youth and Education

The youth of today are our conservation leaders of tomorrow. As Kim Betton reports, a 4th grade teacher in Mahtomedi, Minnesota educates students about the importance of monarchs and efforts to save the beautiful butterfly that’s on a critical decline.


Click here to learn more about WSFR’s efforts to save the monarch butterfly and other pollinators.




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