George Andrejko

Jena Donnell

Nebraskaland Magazine - Nebraska Game and Parks Commission


Joel Trumbo - Chair
Environmental Program Manager
Lands Programs, Wildlife Branch
California Department of Fish and Wildlife

1812 Ninth Steet
Sacramento, CA 95811
​PO Box 944209


Stafford Lehr - Director Sponsor
California Department of Fish and Wildlife
PO Box 944209
Sacramento, CA 95811







Monarch Working Group

Since 1997, both western and eastern populations of the monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus plexippus) have shown significant declines. Based on information provided in a 2014 petition, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) determined that there was substantive information to list the monarch butterfly as threatened under the Endangered Species Act. This initiated a 12-month species status assessment (SSA), which when completed, will further inform the FWS for their June 30, 2019 listing decision. 

In 2017, the Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (WAFWA) established the Western Monarch Working Group (WMWG) to  proactively lead a multi-state cooperative effort for conservation of the western monarch population. The WAFWA directors articulated the purpose of this newest WAFWA work group is to identify and promote unified, ecosystem-based management approaches at the landscape-level for the western population of the monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus plexippus), and pollinators in general, across all partner agencies and interested partners.

Therefore, the Working Group established several near-term objectives specifically to inform the SSA, including the development of a western Monarch Conservation Plan in 2018. Future objectives will focus on implementation of actions contained within the Conservation Plan with the long-term goal of improving status and maintaining persistence for the monarch throughout the western portion of the species range into the foreseeable future (50 years).

WAFWA Monarch Working Group Charter


Western Monarch Butterfly Conservation Plan 2019-2069

WAFWA Western Monarch Population
Take Flight Conservation Meeting

Reno, Nevada, June 18-20, 2019
Whitney Peak Hotel

Thank you for your interest in attending the Take Flight-Monarch Conservation Meeting. The meeting’s purpose is to put into action the conservation strategies which were established in the 2019 Western Monarch Butterfly Conservation Plan. The meeting will include presentations on monarch biology, conservation efforts, and an overview of the plan. We’ll also be having breakout sessions that will focus on identifying conservation and research needs and on ways we can implement priority conservation actions. 

Please RSVP to  by June12 if you or your representative plan to attend. This is important so we can maximize the number of folks we can invite relative to capacity of the venue.

Hotel reservations can be made by visiting . If you’d like to book any pre or post days to the two group nights, you can call the hotel’s Sales Office during business hours @ 775-398-5405

Meeting Agenda

Western Monarch Summit Registration

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