The annual migration of the monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus) is one of the most spectacular natural phenomena in the world.  Every year, millions of monarchs migrate thousands of miles from Canada and the United States to overwinter in the mountain peaks in the states of Mexico and Michoacan in Mexico.  This magical journey, deems an “endangered natural phoenomenon,” is dependent on conservation of habitats in all three North American counries – the United States, Canada, and Mexico.

Join us on a distance learning adventure about monarch butterflies.  During the 2008-09 school year, MonarchLIVE broadcast and webcast from several points along the migration.  Those programs are available as archived video on this web site.

MonarchLIVE! Kick-off
MonarchLIVE kicked off on October 10, 2008 with a broadcast and webcast from Virginia. The program reviewed monarch biology, citizen science programs, and the importance of stewardship and featured former US Forest Service Chief Gail Kimbell and Dr. Karen Oberhauser, a leading monarch butterfly researcher.

In the Mexican Mountains
MonarchLIVE visited the Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve on February 17, 2009 for the first-ever live broadcast / webcast from the Sierra Chincua sanctuary where monarch butterflies overwinter.

Community Conservation in Mexico
MonarchLIVE webcast and broadcast on February 19, 2009 from Alternare, a community training center that promotes conservation and sustainable livelihoods for small farmers living in the Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve.

Little Spaces; Big Results
Butterfly gardens can be created everywhere!  The webcast on May 19, 2009 featured Eden Place Nature Center in Chicago and demonstrated how small garden plots can have big results for both butterflies and people.  

Building the Population
On May 21, 2009, MonarchLIVE visted Minnesota to learn about monarchs’ summer behavior and population growth, citizen roles in monitoring the population, and threats to monarchs. 

Monarchs in Canada
Monarchs depend on healthy habitats in three countries, and Canada provides a welcome summer home to thousands of butterflies.  For more information and for a PowerPoint presentation in English and French, CLICK HERE.

Church Monarchs on Flowers Monarchs on Tree Trunk Monarchs on Pine Tree