Western Monarch Working Group
Monarch Butterfly. Photo Credit: Peter Lam
The Western Monarch Working Group (WMWG) was established by the WAFWA President and directors in 2017 to proactively lead a multi-state cooperative effort for conservation of the western monarch population.
Statement of Purpose
“To identify and promote unified, ecosystem-based management approaches at the landscape-level for the western population of the monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus plexippus), and pollinators in general, across all partner agencies and interested partners.“
Western Monarch Butterfly Conservation Plan, 2019–2069
Concurrent with the status review, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies have actively promoted collaborative efforts across state, organizational, and landownership boundaries to address threats and opportunities facing monarchs and other pollinators. This document, The Western Monarch Butterfly Conservation Plan, is intended to articulate and attain WAFWA’s vision to identify and promote a shared set of coordinated, ecosystem-based conservation strategies across all partner agencies to achieve the vision of a viable western monarch population. VIEW
Since 1997, both western and eastern populations of the monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus plexippus) have shown significant declines. Based on information provided in a 2014 petition, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) determined that there was substantive information to list the monarch butterfly as threatened under the Endangered Species Act. This initiated a 12-month species status assessment (SSA), which when completed, will further inform the FWS for their listing decision.
In 2017, the Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (WAFWA) established the Western Monarch Working Group (WMWG) to proactively lead a multi-state cooperative effort for conservation of the western monarch population. The WAFWA directors articulated the purpose of this newest WAFWA work group is to identify and promote unified, ecosystem-based management approaches at the landscape-level for the western population of the monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus plexippus), and pollinators in general, across all partner agencies and interested partners.
The WMWG established several near-term objectives specifically to inform the SSA, including the development of a western Monarch Conservation Plan, which was completed and approved by WAFWA at their January 2019 mid-winter meeting. Future objectives will focus on implementation of actions contained within the Conservation Plan with the long-term goal of improving status and maintaining persistence for the monarch throughout the western portion of the species range into the foreseeable future (50 years).
Western Monarch Crucial Habitat Assessment Tool
Under the Western Monarch Butterfly Conservation Plan, the western landscape was geospatially evaluated and ranked according to its potential to provide monarch habitat. These Monarch Crucial Habitat Assessment Tool (Monarch CHAT) rankings, in combination with other information, are used to inform and strategically target conservation efforts to help preserve and improve monarch habitat across the western United States. View the Monarch CHAT.
Recorded Webinar Series
Monarch Conservation Webinar Series 2020
The Monarch Conservation Webinar series is a collaborative effort between Monarch Joint Venture Partners and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s National Conservation Training Center. To access the recorded series and learn more, please visit: https://monarchjointventure.org/resources/monarch-webinar-series
|Out West: Western Monarch Conservation Efforts - Overwintering Habitat||Workshop||August 20, 2020 - August 20, 2020||Webinar|
|Out West: Western Monarch Conservation Efforts - Breeding and Migratory Habitat||Workshop||July 16, 2020 - July 16, 2020||Webinar|
|Out West: Western Monarch Conservation Efforts - Policy Update||Workshop||June 18, 2020 - June 18, 2020||Webinar|