For over a decade, Environment for the Americas has focused its work on migratory bird conservation. In 2022, we launched an exciting new initiative to use our knowledge of migratory species and apply it to the conservation of monarch butterflies. Through work supported by the US Forest Service International Programs and the Department of Defense, we are implementing our internship model on military installations to conduct Monarch surveys and educational programs.

Engaging Military Families

News from the field

Our new work takes us to California, Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Minnesota and other states where monarch butterflies feed, lay their eggs, and migrate. We are working with military families in all of these states to develop community science opportunities and education programs. Surveys on military installations will help to identify where suitable habitat exists and if monarchs are using them. We invite military family members of all ages to participate in this effort. 


Photo of Military Family by US Army MWR

Monarch Program Manager Dejeanne May attended the National Military Fish and Wildlife Association meeting in Grand Rapids, Michigan to share our monarch monitoring and research. Along with partners from the Monarch Joint Venture, the Xerces Society, the US Forest Service, and other partners, she shared our internship model and the data being gathered. Meeting attendees included military personnel, colleges and universities, and other non-governmental organizations. 

photo of Monarch Intern by Carina Ruiz

Military families take part in monarch surveys.
Clarissa Ortega surveys monarch habitat in California.

Military installations may join the effort to monitor monarchs on their land, and individuals may have the opportunity to volunteer in our education and research efforts. If you’re interested, please provide your information below.