The Monarch Joint Venture (MJV) is a partnership of federal and state agencies,
non-governmental organizations, and academic programs that are working together
to support and coordinate efforts to protect the monarch migration across the lower
48 United States. The
is committed to a science-based approach to monarch conservation work, guided by
the North American Monarch Conservation
Recognizing that North American monarch (Danaus plexippus) conservation is
a responsibility of Mexico, Canada and the
US, as identified in the North American Monarch Conservation Plan, this
Joint Venture will work throughout the US to conserve and protect monarch populations
and their migratory phenomena by implementing science-based habitat conservation
and restoration measures in collaboration with multiple stakeholders.
This goal will be achieved through a combination of habitat conservation, enhancement
and restoration; education; research and monitoring.
The vision of this Joint Venture is abundant monarch populations that can be sustained
into perpetuity and, more broadly, the promotion of monarchs as a flagship species
whose conservation will sustain habitats for pollinators and other plants and animals.
is a partnership of federal and state agencies, non-governmental agencies, and academic
programs working together to protect monarchs and their migration. Please see our
Partners page for a list of current members.
What is a Joint Venture?
In 1986, the largest cooperative effort ever initiated to protect wetlands, waterfowl,
and other wildlife was initiated with the North American Waterfowl Management Plan.
In a new approach to conservation, six regional, self-directed partnerships were
created. These partnerships of agencies, non-profit organizations, corporations,
tribes, and individuals—called Joint Ventures—implement conservation plans within
a specific geographical area.
The current 18 habitat and 3 species migratory bird
Joint Ventures increase the efficiency and effectiveness of conservation by
bringing together the science, the people, and the resources needed to develop and
implement conservation strategies. Due to their remarkable success, Joint Ventures
have been generally accepted as the model for moving bird conservation forward in
the 21st century.
The similar migratory nature of birds and monarchs, and their use of multiple habitats
across a large landscape, make the Joint Venture model ideal for building monarch