Upcoming Monarch Lab Events
The Monarch Lab is involved in some exciting workshops and web seminars around the
Flight of the Butterflies
in 3D film and the National Science Teachers
Association regional conferences in Richmond, Virginia, and Orlando,
Florida, this fall. We hope to see you at one of them!
Forest Service Honors the Monarch Lab at Wings Across the Americas Conservation Awards Ceremony
The US Forest Service honored the University of Minnesota Monarch Lab at the Wings Across the Americas Conservation Awards Ceremony in March.
MLMP Volunteer Ilse Gebhard and Russ Schipper highlighted in Encore Magazine interview
Listen to this great interview about citizen scientists! MLMP's own Ilse Gebhard and Russ Schipper are highlighted in the interview.
Community Connections Garden Lab
The University of
Minnesota Monarch Lab built a Community Connections Garden in 2013 on the
University campus. University students, staff, and visitors will utilize this
garden as a place to learn about and enjoy native plants and pollinators. Click here to watch a brief video about this garden.
Google Earth Monarch Tour
A story about the migration of the eastern population of monarch butterflies in North America, and the people that help them out along the way. This Google Earth Tour was produced by Atlantic Public Media in cooperation with the Encyclopedia of Life Learning + Education group located at the Harvard Museum of Comparative Zoology. It was produced by Eduardo Garcia-Milagros & Ari Daniel Shapiro, and features scientists Karen Oberhauser and Isabel Ramirez.
Google Earth Monarch Tour on YouTube
Meet the Scientists
No Monarch Live Organism Distribution in 2013
The MonarchLab has decided not to distribute monarchs in 2013. In other words, Live Organisms will not be available at our Monarch Store. Read More »
Citizen Science GeoStory
National Geographic published an online GeoStory about citizen science across the US. See the link below and have a great tour of what is happening out there, and read about two MLMP volunteers: Ilse Gebhard in Michigan and Valerie Evanson and her son Shane in Pennsylvania.
Study ties GMO corn, soybeans to butterfly losses
Monarch butterflies lay their eggs on milkweed plants. But milkweed is disappearing from its prime habitat: Midwestern farm fields. A new study by Karen Oberhauser and her Iowa State colleague John Pleasants ties a decade-long decline in monarch populations to the loss of milkweed from the corn and soybean fields that blanket the region. Read the StarTribune article.
Monarch Studies at Weaver Lake Elementary
All of the K-6
students at Weaver Lake Elementary School in Maple Grove, Minnesota studied
monarchs and insect ecology this fall. They had a schoolwide monarch fair
at which students shared their findings about monarch life cycles, camouflage,
parasites, and ecology with their parents, teachers and administrators. View the YouTube videos the students made about their work.
Monarchs in the News
Monarchs can find patches of habitat in the middle of the largest cities in the U.S; read about them in New York!
Monarch Biology and Conservation Meeting: Minnesota 2012
We invite your attendance at a 2.5-day meeting, June 21-23, 2012, at the University of Minnesota’s Landscape Arboretum. This meeting will be an opportunity for monarch biologists, agency land managers, monarch conservationists, citizen scientists, and others interested in monarch biology and conservation to share information on monarch population trends, new findings in monarch biology, and successful monarch conservation efforts. It will include speaking and poster sessions, field trips, workshops, and plenty of time for informal sharing and networking.
This 5th international conference on monarch biology and conservation is being planned and sponsored by the Monarch Joint Venture and the MonarchLab at the University of Minnesota. For more information, please visit the meeting website or contact Priya Shahani or Karen Oberhauser.
MLMP in the News
Check out this article about monarchs in the Kane County Chronicle. It features the Monarch Lab's own Wendy Macziewski and other monarch enthusiasts.
People and Butterflies Connect at Minneapolis Monarch Festival
People of all ages and backgrounds came together on Saturday, Sept. 10, 2011 at the Monarch Festival on Lake Nokomis to share their love for the monarch butterfly. This article includes quotes from our own Lis Young-Isebrand.
2011 MLMP Newsletter
The 2011 Monarch Larva Monitoring Project annual newsletter is now available. Check out our newsletter index to find current and past MLMP newsletters and to get a short description of the contents of each.
2011 Monarchs in the Classroom Newsletter
Our latest Monarchs in the Classroom newsletter is out! Check out the 2011 edition as well as past years' newsletters here.
Butterfly Links from Animal Planet
We recently ran across these monarch- and butterfly-related resources from Animal Planet and thought you might enjoy them as much as we did. (You can also find them on our Links page.)
2011 Monarchs in the Classroom Summer Workshops
Information about our Monarchs in the Classroom two-week summer workshops is now available. There are two offerings: Schoolyard Ecology Explorations for Middle and High School Teachers and Monarchs & More: Insect Ecology for Elementary Teachers. Course dates are June 20-24 and July 11-14. Register by April 15th! More information.
New monarch conservation organization: The Monarch Butterfly Fund
MBF is formed through the merger of the Michoacán Reforestation Fund (MRF) and the Monarch Butterfly Sanctuary Foundation (MBSF). While the focus of MBF will be on the overwintering sites, in select cases conservation activities may take place in the breeding or migratory range. MBF will support forest conservation, restoration, and scientific research.
Monarchs Migrating Over Cape May
Check out these amazing pictures of migrating monarchs!
Prof. Oberhauser on Discovery Channel Canada
The recent outbreak of pine bark beetles in the overwintering sites is causing concern among monarch biologists throughout North America. Here's what Karen Oberhauser had to say about the problem in a recent interview on the Discovery Channel in Canada.
American Monarch Conservation
Karen Oberhauser is the primary author
of a new document that provides an updated account of monarch biology and identifies
the main risk factors affecting monarchs and their habitat throughout the flyway.
It offers a list of key trinational collaborative conservation actions, priorities
and targets to be considered for adoption by Mexico, Canada and the United States.
The adoption of measures to address these objectives will help conserve the monarch
and its habitats for future generations. (Added: 6/27/2008)