What We Do

The Monarch Butterfly Fund is meeting the challenge of preserving monarch butterflies and their spectacular migration through our conservation strategy that fosters healthy ecosystems and sustainable communities through Partnerships, Forest Conservation, Scientific Research and Monitoring, Education and Outreach, and Sustainable Development.

Monarch Migration

monarch_graphEach fall the monarch butterfly travels thousands of miles to spend the winter in the forests on 12 mountaintops in central Mexico. The monarch migration is the most spectacular two-way migration carried out by an insect.

The forests provide unique microclimatic conditions that allow monarchs to survive the winter. Forest degradation is putting this amazing migration in peril.

Click on the graph on the right to enlarge and on this link to read how the numbers were obtained.

In the Spotlight

The White House recently announced a plans to save the monarchs by building a butterfly highway. Read all about it in the Washington Post and listen to a wonderful interview on the BBC with Karen Oberhauser.