The University of Minnesota Monarch Lab
On March 9th 2016, just days after we’d heard the good news that monarch numbers had rebounded to cover just over 4 hectares of forest in the mountains of central Mexico; a huge winter storm hit their wintering sites and the surrounding area. The storm began with rain and was followed by hail, snow, and sub-freezing temperatures. The freezing temperatures killed many monarchs and the strong winds caused trees to topple over, losing monarch habitat. Because the spring migration from Mexico just started, the full population was in the storm's path. Read More.
Tuesday, May 10, 2016 11:52 am
Attention Minnesota Teachers, We are pleased to share an opportunity for two free workshops for teachers this summer at St. Olaf College, Northfield, MN. Both offer stipends for participation. Read More »
From Our Blog
Monday, January 30, 2017 2:21 pm
A recent study from the U of MN Monarch Lab (Kasten et. al, 2016) shows that roadsides, if managed appropriately, have the potential to be productive breeding habitat for monarchs. Monarchs need milkweed to reproduce and feed on as caterpillars, and development and changing land use has removed a lot of milkweed and native nectar plants from the landscape, especially in agricultural areas. Roadside rights-of-way provide an exciting opportunity for pollinator habitat because they make up a large area of undeveloped land in a rapidly changing landscape. Read More »
Meet Monarch Lab staff and students and get to know our history.
Many different Monarch Lab programs will benefit from a financial contribution. Read more about how to support our work.
The UMN Monarch Lab is a partner of the Monarch Joint Venture, a national partnership working to conserve the monarch migration in the U.S.