Coinciding with the fall monarch migration, Pheasants Forever and the Monarch Joint Venture are hosting a national virtual Miles for Monarchs event September 5th-12th. This event was scheduled to raise awareness around the spectacular fall migration of monarch butterflies, while also raising much-needed funding to support population recovery.
Miles for Monarchs is an exciting way to support monarch butterflies and associated pollinator habitat through athletic activities. By way of running, walking, biking, hiking, or paddling through monarch regions of the United States, individuals and teams can support funding for research, education, and habitat projects for monarch butterflies across North America. Funds raised through this virtual event will support national scale efforts through the Monarch Joint Venture and Pheasants Forever, as well as more localized support for their participating chapters and partners.
“Miles for Monarchs is such a fun and easy way to enjoy any type of exercise you love and see if together we can collect enough miles to simulate the migratory journey of monarchs each fall,” says Wendy Caldwell, Executive Director of the Monarch Joint Venture. “Please join our campaign to help spread awareness and inspire action in your community to support our pollinators and the habitat that they rely on.”
“Monarch butterflies are a great barometer of environmental health,” stated Drew Larsen, Pheasants Forever’s director of education and outreach. “This conservation-minded platform for individuals, organizations, and whole communities helps support the comeback of the iconic monarch butterfly. Additionally, great pollinator habitat fuels the life cycle of upland birds, which is why Pheasants Forever maintains itself as a leader in pollinator habitat projects nationwide.”