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March 2015

Conservation and Management of Monarch Butterflies: A Strategic Framework

Posted March 18, 2015

Conservation and Management of Monarch Butterflies cover.

The Forest Service issues this timely and critically needed document, Conservation and Management of Monarch Butterflies: A Strategic Framework (PDF, 8.8 MB). This framework will guide the Forest Service to effectively and efficiently use available resources and engage public and private partnerships in taking action for the conservation of the monarch butterfly.

Monarch Butterflies Brochures

Posted March 18, 2015

Monarchs and Milkweeds. Monarch butterfly adult and larvae.

During spring and summer, monarchs breed throughout the U.S. and southern Canada. In the fall, adults of an eastern population migrate to Mexico, flying up to 3,000 miles. The following spring, these butteries leave their overwintering sites and fly northward to lay their eggs on milkweeds and a few other plants in the dogbane family. In Florida, some non-migratory individuals remain and breed year-round.

January 2015

Lemhi penstemon monitoring at Big Hole National Battlefield, Montana

Posted January 6, 2015

Lemhi penstemon on the Big Hole National Battlefield.

Steve Shelly, Forest Service Northern Region Botanist, has helped National Park Service monitoring crews at the Big Hole National Battlefield a number of times with their monitoring protocols. Steve worked with the Park Service last summer at the Big Hole National Battlefield to develop a video about the rare endemic Lemhi penstemon at the Big Hole National Battlefield, and its relationship with a wasp specialized in collecting pollen from the plant.

View the video on YouTube…

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