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North American Monarch Conservation Plan

Potential FWG goals

Peter Hall
8 September 2011

The following is an extract from "12.2 Table of Specific Actions" from the North American Monarch Conservation Plan. These 15 goals and objectives are things that the FWG is already supporting or could support.

B. Flyway
Threat: Habitat loss and degradation in monarch flyway
Objective: Address the threats of habitat loss and degradation in the flyway
  • Identify habitat types and locations that are essential for the migration (roosting sites and nectaring habitats).
C. Breeding areas
Threat: Habitat loss and degradation in monarch breeding areas
Objective: Address the threats of the loss, fragmentation, and modification of breeding habitat
  • Determine if, when and where milkweed is a limiting resource and develop plans to plant regionally appropriate species.
  • Strengthen monarch butterfly habitat protection on public and private land.
Threat: Habitat management practice
Objective: Limit impact of habitat management practices on monarchs, flowering plants and milkweed
  • Develop recommendations to encourage consideration of milkweed as a beneficial plant, not a noxious weed.
  • Control dog-strangling vine and other invasive plants that directly affect monarchs or milkweed.
Monitor monarch population distribution, abundance, and habitat quality, and utilize the monitoring data to understand monarch population drivers
  • Distribute monitoring toolkit, and coordinate data collection.
Determine socioeconomic factors that influence the distribution and abundance of monarch butterflies
  • Identify socioeconomic factors that can be targeted for monarch mitigation actions.
  • Identify costs and benefits, and feasibility (stakeholder acceptance) of mitigation actions for monarch conservation.
Evaluate and assess the effects of conservation actions on monarch distribution and abundance
  • Maintain a record of conservation actions.
  • Collect and analyze existing data and use them to determine whether mitigation actions have been successful.
  • Develop adaptive management procedures to encourage factors that result in positive changes and discourage those that result in negative changes.
Expand communication and information-sharing that support monarch conservation
  • Develop, distribute and assess educational toolkit (including sensitivity to habitat values and management) to teachers, trainers, consumers.
  • Use electronic and print media for increasing awareness, distributed via an easy-to-use and interactive website.
  • Develop and distibute consumer educational material (pollination services and monarch friendly products).
Enhance capacity building, training and networking programs
  • Develop and conduct training programs for natural resource professionals, on using monitoring toolkit.

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