Monarch Butterfly Conservation Fund

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The monarch butterfly is one of the most iconic species in North America and its annual migration cycle is one of the most remarkable natural phenomena in the world. However, during the past 20 years, the monarch butterfly population has declined by over 80 percent throughout much of its range. The primary factor in this decline is the loss of critical breeding and overwintering habitat in North America. 

In response to this threat, the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) established the Monarch Butterfly Conservation Fund (MBCF) in 2015 to protect, conserve and increase habitat for this species and other pollinators. This fund benefits from the support of many partners, including the Monsanto Company, Shell, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Geological Survey, Bureau of Land Management, and USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service. The MBCF invests in projects that improve the availability of high-quality habitat and also increase the capacity and coordination needed to expand conservation efforts into the future. By leveraging the resources and expertise of its partners in this way, the MBCF is helping to reverse recent population declines and ensure the survival of the monarch butterfly.

Since 2015, the Monarch Butterfly Conservation Fund has awarded approximately $11.1 million to 70 projects that are helping conserve and recover the imperiled monarch butterfly. Grantees have matched this investment with an additional $18.1 million, for a total on-the-ground impact of more than $29.2 million. This investment is helping the monarch butterfly along with many other pollinators by supporting:

  • ​Restoration/enhancement of 127,000 acres 
  • Propagation of 790,000 native milkweed/nectar plant seedlings
  • Collection of 13,200 pounds of native milkweed/nectar plant seed
  • Coordination of 730 workshops and meetings.