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. 


Below, our team member Olivia Geiger heads into the field with her plot survey tool.

Olivia in Field
Military families take part in monarch surveys.

April 25, 2024: Hello everyone, my name is Jansy Alvarado, and I am the Research & Education Outreach Field Specialist for Environment for the Americas on the Monarch Project this year. I am excited to experience and monitor the Eastern Monarch and follow them along their journey all while documenting my own journey. I have traveled a ways from home, Los Angeles, California but am excited for the adventures that lie ahead. This time last year I was fortunate to survey and monitor the Western Monarch population so when the opportunity to survey and monitor the Eastern Monarchs population I simply could not pass the opportunity up. The Eastern Monarch follows a very interesting path up the I-35 and this project is a unique one since I will be tracking the butterflies as they travel north. I have been tasked with monitoring sites on DOD installations which have opened up new views about the world but new perspectives about the military and their families.  Read more HERE.

photo of Monarch Intern by Carina Ruiz

Monarch butterfly on Jansy's arm
A monarch alights on Jansy's arm.

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.