The Monarch Program/California Monarch Studies

The Monarch Program was established in October of 1990 as an education public benefit organization in conjunction with the California Monarch Studies, Inc. (nonprofit organization, 501 c-3). Its support comes from donations, education institutions, membership dues, and sales of butterfly livestock and plants. Objectives of the Program include: preserving monarch breeding and overwintering habitats, monitoring monarch migrations, promoting educational programs, supporting related Conservancy issues, and encouraging the study of plant and insect relationships through butterfly gardening.

You can learn more about this group from its website at

They used to publish the Monarch Monitor, published monthly, and the Monarch Quarterly published four times a year provides information about monarch butterflies in general, butterfly gardening, various activities, exhibits, tours, field trips, and other events.  Publications has been reduced due to budgetary reasons.

A 1200 sq.ft butterfly vivarium housing various species of native butterflies in all stages of life, a museum/classroom where there are exhibits of specimens, educational materials, a gift shop and a location where various events are held through out the year, including hundreds of field trips by local schools and organizations, and greenhouse/planting areas to grow host plants for native butterfly species are  located in Encinitas in San Diego County.

Annual membership is egg:  $30.00 for Single/Family membership, Caterpillar:  $45.00 which includes annual entrance fee, Chrysalis: $100.00 for Sponsor, which includes all benefits, and Monarch:  $500 for Donor, which includes lifetime for all benefits.

Monarch Program, (mailing address) P.O. Box 178671, San Diego, CA 92177, (street address) 450 Ocean View Avenue, Encinitas, CA 92024;  Phone: (760) 944-7113 or 1-800-60Monarch [606-6627], Fax: (760) 436-1159, E-mail:  The Executive Director is David Marriott, and the President is Bill Howell.

Monarch Watch

Monarch Watch is a collaborative network of students, teachers, volunteers and researchers investigating aspects of the Monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus) migration phenomenon. The project is directed by Orley R. "Chip" Taylor (Professor, University of Kansas), Karen Oberhauser (University of Minnesota) and Brad Williamson (Olathe East High School, Kansas). Regional Monarch Watch coordinators throughout the United States and Canada assist be recruiting and coordinating volunteers in their areas. The goals of Monarch Watch are to further science education, particularly in primary and secondary school systems, to promote conservation of Monarch butterflies, and to involve thousands of students and adults in a cooperative study of the Monarch's fall migration.

The Monarch Watch Web Site may be found at

Monarch Watch
Phone: 1 (888) TAGGING (toll-free!) -or- 1 (785) 864 4441
Fax: 1 (785) 864 5321 or (785) 684-4441
To subscribe to the monarch butterfly newsgroup or listserver, email:,  in the body of the message, type:  "info Dplex-L"
Snail: c/o Monarch Watch, O.R. Taylor, Dept. of Entomology, Haworth Hall, Univ. of KS, Lawrence KS 66045

Monarch Lab

This website was developed by scientists and educators at the University of Minnesota to achieve the following goals:  (1) Provide a solid background for understanding the ecology, behavior, and evolution of monarch butterflies, (2) Report the results of recent scientific discoveries addressing monarch biology, (3) Provide an interactive forum for communication between students, teachers, and scientists, (4) Display recent projects of high school and middle school students participating in monarch butterfly research, and (5) Link sites addressing research, education, and outreach relating to monarch butterflies.  

The site developers are Karen Oberhauser, Director, Monarchs in the Classroom Program, Adjunct Professor, Department of Ecology, University of Minnesota, President, Monarch Butterfly Sanctuary Foundation; Sonia Altizer, Post-doctoral Associate, Princeton University; Michelle Prysby, Graduate student in Department of Ecology, University of Minnesota; Director, Monarch Larval Monitoring Project; Athena Decker, Undergraduate student in Biology and Psychology at the University of Minnesota, and John Woodell.


The Monarch Lab Web Site may be found at

Monarchs in the Classroom, University of Minnesota, Department of Fisheries, Wildlife and Conservation Biology 1980 Folwell Ave., 200 Hodson hall, St. Paul, MN 55108.  Lab:  Room 2 Green Hall.  Phone:  612.624.8706.  Fax:  612.625.5299.

Monarch Lab Web Site email is (contact person = Brij Bhasian)

Monarch Larva Monitoring Project is a Citizen Scientist group monitoring guess what!  You can go to their site at 


Monarch Monitoring Project 

The Monarch Monitoring Project (formerly Monarch Migration Association of North America, MMANA) was organized in 1992 by Dick Walton in order to monitor migrant monarch populations. Regular censuses are taken between two observational sites especially during the fall migration. This organization is based out of Cape May, NJ. Cape May is a well known bird migration point and has a Bird Observatory. MMANA is an offshoot of the work being done at Cape May Bird Observatory (CMBO) and patterned after the hawk migration studies being done.

Contact: MMANA, c/o Walton, CMBO, Center for Research & Education, 600 Route 47 North, Cape May Court House, NJ 08201.  Email:  website: 

The Western Monarch Migration Project

The WMMP is based in Portland Oregon. This group forms the Pacific NW portion of the Monarch Rescue Project, which monitors both monarch butterfly and milkweed populations. Part of this work includes the tagging of monarch butterflies. WMMP is headed by Dan Hilburn.

Contact: Dr. Dan Hilburn, Oregon Department of Agriculture, 635 Capitol St. NE, Salem, OR 97310-0110. Telephone: (503)986-4663 (w), (503)585-9804 (h). FAX: (503)986-4735. E-mail:

An Assortment of Links with Interesting Monarch Stuff

    I do not know how long these URLs will be good for, but they were good when posted!

Monarch Butterfly Pictures - has two screen sizes, so you can put them on your desktop.  There are also educational facts on each page.  I have not gone through the entire site yet, but it looks good.

Make a Monarch Paper Airplane

Monarch information 

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