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To help the monarch recover back to historic levels, state fish and wildlife agencies along with public and private partners need to work together to continue taking actions across the monarch’s western range. The Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies developed a 50-year Western Monarch Conservation Plan to guide conservation efforts. Learn more about the actions you can take to preserve the monarch migration, support monarch health, ameliorate threats, and contribute data that guides recovery efforts.

Migration Keep Monarchs Migrating Learn More Monarchs complete a fascinating annual multi-generational migration, returning to the same overwintering sites each fall and staying there through the winter until the next breeding season. 05 01 Keep Monarchs Migrating Western Monarch Butterfly Pacific Grove, Photographer Carly Voight Habitats Promote Monarch Habitats Learn More WAFWA’s Western Monarch Conservation Plan promotes habitat-based strategies for enhancing and protecting habitats that support monarchs. 05 02 Keep Monarchs Migrating Nebraska Habitat, Photographer Jennifer Hopwood Get Involved Become a Monarch Scientist! Learn More One of the many ways to get involved in monarch conservation is to help community science programs collect data on monarchs and their habitat. 05 03 Keep Monarchs Migrating Monarch Larve, Photographer Stephanie McKnight Captive Rearing Keep Western Monarchs Wild Learn More Captive rearing by the public is not recommended by conservation experts because of the potential impacts it may have on the health and natural distribution of the wild monarch population. 05 04 Keep Monarchs Migrating Monarch in Minnesota, Sarah Foltz Jordan Threats Reducing Environmental Stressors Learn More Multiple interacting factors that are thought to have caused the dramatic, recent decline in the western monarch population 05 04 Keep Monarchs Migrating Monarch, Peter Iam