Project Wingspan

Project Wingspan (PW) is a two-year project supported by a grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Federation to the non-profit the Pollinator Partnership which is leading a coalition of partners in an effort to enhance land across the Midwest to support our imperiled pollinators.

Project Wingspan seeks to increase monarch and Rusty Patched Bumble Bee (RPBB) habitat by building off the success of our last NFWF grant funded project (Monarch Wings Across the Eastern Broadleaf Forest – MWAEBF) and engaging public land managers and private land stewards throughout the 8-state target region of Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Missouri, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin through a series of monarch habitat enhancement activities with the goal of establishing 10,000, acres of monarch and RPBB habitat.

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Monarch Wings Across California

Monarch Wings Across California (MWAC) is a new initiative modeled after the success of the MWAO with initial funding from the Monarch Joint Venture and the Hillsborough Garden Club. This program aims to establish monarch research and habitat sites throughout the state of California for the species lesser-studied western population. There goals of this project are to:

  1. Establishment of long-term habitat sites for migrating monarchs in California,
  2. Improved understanding of the migration patterns and forage requirements of California monarch butterflies,
  3. Collection of California monarch habitat restoration data to inform restoration efforts and indicate potential seed sources for future projects.

The MWAC program is fueled by tax-deductible donations. To find out how you can get involved, please contact Kelly Rourke at kr@pollinator.org.

Monarch Wings Across Ohio

Monarch Wings Across Ohio was launched by Pollinator Partnership along with The Kelvin and Eleanor Smith Foundation launched in response to the Presidential directive on supporting the monarch migration. As many people know, the monarch migration is in peril. The number of monarchs making the annual migration has plummeted in recent years, but Ohioans have stepped forward in unprecedented numbers to make a difference. Support for monarchs starts with one thing that everyone can do: plant for monarchs!

Monarch butterflies require regionally specific host milkweeds on which they can lay their eggs as well as nectar-supplying plants for energy to successfully complete the migration. Monarch Wings Across Ohio is working with a diverse collation of partners to install monarch habitat research plots across partners' land in the following settings; urban ecosystems, agriculture, corporate lands, and public gardens. Monarch habitat research plots will beautify the spaces they will occupy and provide valuable insight into monarch foraging preferences.

Regionally-based field researchers have been hired across Ohio to collect data on the nectar plantings monarchs prefer to feed on to fuel their migration. The plots will stay in place for at least three years. There is a coalition of partners across Ohio that have joined the program.

The Monarch Wings Across Ohio program is fueled by tax-deductible donations. To find out how you can get involved, please contact Amber Barnes at ab@pollinator.org

Monarch Wings Across the Eastern Broadleaf Forest

Monarch Wings Across the Eastern Broadleaf Forest seeks to increase monarch habitat by engaging public land managers and private land stewards throughout the Eastern Broadleaf Forest-Continental Province (EBF-CP) through a series of monarch habitat enhancement activities with the goal of establishing 4,688, acres of monarch habitat. Monarchs do not consider political boundaries in their migration, and the perimeters of the Eastern Broadleaf Forest span multiple state boundaries. Cooperation among these states and their conservation partners will increase seed resources without jeopardizing native plant material ranges. This project is funded by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and is in partnership with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program (Il, IN, and OH), Illinois Department of Natural Resources – Mason State Nursery, Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Ohio Pollinator Habitat Initiative, and Pheasants Forever (IL and OH).

This project ran from 2017 - 2019

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