Monarch Conservation Project Educational Resources

 

Butterfly FlappingIf you are looking for education resources on Monarch butterflies, you’ve flittered and fluttered to the right page. Spend some time probing the websites and pdfs listed below to find the information you are looking for.

 

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4 Things You Can Do To Help the Monarchs (pdf)
Are you looking for a couple of easy things you may be able to do to help the Monarch butterflies in Central Oregon? Here are some simple things you can do that would really aid the repopulation of out tiny, fluttering friends.

The Children’s Book that Started with an Egg
A story by Jane Chorazy about the writing of the book, Journey’s Flight – One Western Monarch\s Record Setting Migration.

Journey’s Flight: One Western Monarch Butterfly’s Record-Setting Migration
A short presentation by Susie Werts about the adventure of Journey and how it is the story of ourselves and our interconnectedness to each other, nature, and the world.

Milkweeds and Monarchs: Let’s Bring Monarchs Back to Central Oregon by Tom Landis (pdf) (15 mb)
Tom Landis is a retired nursery specialist with the US Forest Service who has a passion for Monarch conservation. Tom dedicates his valuable time toward increasing the public’s awareness about the plight of the Western Monarch (decline in numbers) and the importance of planting native milkweed, which is the only source of food for the Monarch caterpillar. Tom’s presentations entitled “Monarchs and Milkweed” have spurred a movement! He has assisted countless community members and school children, throughout Oregon, in the creation of waystations, which serve as vital habitat and food sources for this majestic butterfly. Tom has been an incredible advocate for and contributor to the Sisters Middle School Waystation and Monarch Conservation Project. Not only has he presented to the entire fifth and sixth grades, he has consulted on the development of the entire project (waystation and book) and supported Teacher Werts and her students every step of the way!

Monarch Waystations: Propagating Native Plants to Create Travel Corridors for Migrating Monarch Butterflies (pdf)
Tom Landis reveals how is to create small areas of pollinator habitat (food, shelter, and water) for monarchs on their long migrations.  Food for monarch caterpillars = milkweed plants,  Food for monarch butterflies = flowering plants that produce nectar throughout the growing season.

News of the Lepidopterists’ Society (Vol. 59, Number 2 – Summer 2017) (pdf)
Publication with the story about Journey in Two Monarchs: two amazing journeys! See page 84.

Websites

A Tale of a Trail-Blazing Monarch Butterfly
A blog by Author Jean Russell Nave on the National Wildlife Federation’s website.

Center for Biological Diversity: Monarch Butterfly
Monarch butterflies are as American as apple pie, having once been found in backyards across the country.

Defenders of Wildlife: Basic Facts About Monarch Butterflies
The monarch butterfly may be the most widely recognized of all American butterflies with its distinct orange, black, and white wings.

Journey’s Flight
Facebook page maintained by Jean Nave, author and publisher, about the long flight that Journey took from Sisters Middle School to Southern California.

Journey’s Flight Blog
Blog about Journey on the National Wildlife Foundation website.

Julie’s Butterflies
Blog by Julie Simpson in New Zealand.

Kidzone: Monarch Butterfly
Fun facts about monarch butterflies including photos and printable activity worksheets; suitable for Kindergarten through Grade 6 children.

Monarch Advocates of Central Oregon
Monarch Advocates of Central Oregon comprises natural resource professionals, master gardeners, nonprofit professionals, and passionate citizens with diverse skills and experience (Facebook).

Monarch Butterflies Need Our Help
Article by Jim Anderson on what you can do to help the Monarch Butterfly.

Monarch Butterflies of the Pacific Northwest
Facebook page maintained by David James, Associate Professor of Entomology at Washington State University, with lots of stories about Monarch Butterflies.

Monarch-Butterfly: Life Cycle, Migration, Pictures, News, More!
A wonderful Monarch Butterfly information resource. Pictures, migration, life cycle, conservation, and links to more Monarch Butterfly websites.

Monarch Joint Venture
The Monarch Joint Venture (MJV) is a partnership of federal and state agencies, non-governmental organizations, and academic programs that are working together to support and coordinate efforts to protect the monarch migration across the lower 48 United States.

Monarch Waystations: Planting Pit Stops for Migrating Butterflies
Article by Jim Anderson on how to create a Monarch Waystation

National Geographic: Monarch Butterflies
Learn all you wanted to know about monarch butterflies with pictures, videos, photos, facts, and news from National Geographic.

National Geographic Kids: Monarch Butterflies
Monarchs are large, beautifully colored butterflies that are easy to recognize by their striking orange, black, and white markings.

National Wildlife Federation: Monarch Butterflies
Learn about the biology, range and behaviors of the monarch butterfly.

National Wildlife Foundation Blog: Four Questions About Neonicotinoid Pesticides
The increasing buzz on pollinators has raised awareness on the various threats to their survival, such as habitat loss and chemical use. For over 42 years, the National Wildlife Federation’s Garden for Wildlife program has been ahead of these issues by educating and empowering people to restore habitat for bees, butterflies and other pollinators in their own yards and by gardening in natural, sustainable ways.

Saving the Monarch Butterfly
Article by Jim Anderson about how the Monarch Butterfly is in trouble.

Southern Oregon Monarch Advocates
Everything Monarch, growing, providing for, and building Monarch habitat.

US Fish and Wildlife Service: Save the Monarch Butterfly
The monarch butterfly is one of the most recognizable species in North America and it’s in trouble.

Wikipedia: Monarch Butterfly
The monarch butterfly or simply monarch (Danaus plexippus) is a milkweed butterfly (subfamily Danainae) in the family Nymphalidae.

Videos

Arkive: Monarch Butterfly
Monarch butterfly larvae hatching and feeding.

Discovery: Monarch Butterfly Winter Migration
Monarch butterflies migrate and hibernate over the winter.

National Geographic: Monarch Butterflies
The monarch butterfly’s wintering grounds in Mexico are in peril. Are the monarchs in trouble too?

National Geographic: Swarms of Monarch Butterflies Go Here Every Winter (In Spanish with subtitles)
See where the monarch butterflies spend their winters. Swarms of monarch butterflies create an awe-inspiring scene in Mexico. The majestic monarch makes the epic journey— up to 3,000 miles (4,500 km)—from as far as Canada to the Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve.

Sisters Middle School Aids Monarch Butterflies
Sisters Middle School students have written a book to help advocate for the monarch butterfly.

YouTube: Monarch Butterfly Amazing Migration
Learn about the monarch butterfly’s amazing migration of up to 3000 miles!

YouTube: Butterfly – My Animal Friends
Welcome to the beautiful world of butterflies and explore the wonders of Butterflies through the life of the Monarch butterfly. Know how caterpillars create a solid case around them and this helps them to turn their caterpillar body into a colorful butterfly. Also, note that the distinctive combination of colors act as a warning for the predators.