Stories in Oklahoma

Collaborating to Save the Monarchs

Organizations statewide join forces to increase monarch habitat in Oklahoma

Monarch butterfly.
Monarch Butterfly A monarch butterfly visits a flower in Kentucky. © Mike Fuhr/TNC

In the last decade, due to habitat loss and other factors, monarch butterfly populations have plummeted at an alarming rate. The US Fish and Wildlife Service will be considering a petition to list monarchs as an endangered species, to be decided in 2019. This has spurred national conservation collaboration efforts, with over 16 states developing statewide action plans for conserving habitat in their state for this amazing migratory butterfly. These coordinated, ‘all-hands on deck’, cross-sector, state-by-state actions are our best hope of boosting monarch populations, which will also result in better habitat for other pollinators and wildlife.

Conservancy staff are investing a great deal of time this year working to save the plight of the Monarchs by teaming up with a broad range of groups including farmers, ranchers, tribes, residents, government agencies, businesses, gardeners, artists and municipalities. Multiple efforts to save the Monarchs are underway including Tulsa, OKC, statewide, south-central region, and national efforts. These collaborative initiatives have broad-reaching potential for accomplishing significant conservation benefits, in both rural and urban settings, and can result in large-scale native habitat improvements that will benefit all wildlife.

Learn more about these initiatives:

Oklahoma Monarch and Pollinator Collaborative

The Collaborative was formed by attendees of the Oklahoma Monarch Summit in November 2016.

MISSION: To educate, engage, and support Oklahomans in the protection and enhancement of suitable habitat and nectar sources for monarchs and pollinators throughout Oklahoma.

VISION: Oklahomans working together to ensure our landscapes and gardens support thriving Monarch migrations for generations to come. GOAL: Collaboratively develop and implement a Statewide Action Plan.


  • 4-H/Master Gardeners
  • 7 Tribe Initiative
  • Ag Innovations
  • Blue Doors
  • Choctaw Nation
  • Cimarron Sierra Club
  • Conservation Coalition of OK
  • Intertribal Land Trust
  • Kerr Center for Sustainable Agriculture
  • Kirkpatrick Foundation
  • Landowners
  • McClain County Conservation District
  • Monarch Watch
  • National Wildlife Federation
  • Natural Resources Conservation Service
  • Oaks and Prairies Joint Venture
  • OK Assoc. of Conservation Districts
  • OK Dept. of Tourism
  • OK Dept. of Transportation
  • OK Dept. of Wildlife Conservation
  • OK Invasive Plant Council
  • OK Native Plant Society
  • OK Natural Heritage Inventory
  • OK Prescribed Fire Council
  • OK State University
  • OKC Urban AG Coalition
  • OKC Parks & Recreation
  • OK Cattlemen’s Assoc.
  • OKC Zoo
  • OK Farm Bureau
  • Oxley Nature Center
  • Peach Creek Ranch
  • Pheasants Forever / Quail Forever
  • Prairie Wind Nursery
  • Sam Noble Foundation
  • Shawnee Tribe
  • Sierra Club
  • The Nature Conservancy
  • Tishomingo National Wildlife Refuge
  • Tulsa Urban Wilderness Coalition
  • Tulsa Zoo
  • U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
  • U.S. Golf Association
  • Western Farmers Electric Coop
  • Wild Things Nursery
  • Xerces Society

To learn more or get involved, contact Katie Hawk.