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Mid-Atlantic Monarch Initiative


The Mission of The Mid-Atlantic Monarch Initiative (MAMI) is to foster collaboration and activate conservation initiatives through shared physical and educational resources to increase Monarch habitat in the Mid-Atlantic region of the United States.


  • Educating the public about Monarch Butterflies and the importance of creating habitat for Monarchs.

  • Propagating and increasing availability of milkweed species and pollinator species for local restoration and conservation efforts.

  • Creating and restoring Monarch Butterfly habitat.

  • Planting milkweed species and pollinator species in habitats, including schoolyards, home gardens, community properties, and local restoration  projects.

  • Inventorying the existing milkweed populations.

  • Creating “No Mow” zones.

  • Promoting “integrated pest management” to increase pollinator survival.


Jessica Lister
Environmental Concern Inc.


Monarch Teachers Network

Chesapeake Wildlife Heritage Journey North

Monarch Watch National Recreation & Parks Association


Maryland Department of Natural Resources Maryland State Government

Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center  

Monarch Taging Frame
YouTube-Monarch Tagging Workshop

Support MAMI:

2018 Workshops:

The Mid-Atlantic Monarch Initiative is pleased to present an educational workshop series on Monarch butterflies. 

Find out about upcoming workshops>>


The Mid-Atlantic Monarch Initiative’s success depends on the open exchange of ideas from organizations with related goals and objectives. We invite your participation and collaboration in shaping MAMI – whether coordinating a class; setting up a Monarch tagging project; or assisting with a milkweed planting project.

Adkins Arboretum, Ridgley, MD

Arlington Echo

Blackwater Wildlife Refuge

Xerces Society

Maryland Association for Environmental & Outdoor Education

Pickering Creek Audubon Center

Maryland Department of Agriculture

University of Maryland Extension Master Gardners Program

If your organization is interested in becoming a
Mid-Atlantic Monarch Initiative Partner
please send an email to


Monarchs and Milkweed:

Monarchs will only lay their eggs on milkweeds. Monarch females usually lay a single egg on a milkweed plant. As a result, the milkweed plant plays a significant role in the successful reproduction of monarchs and the survival of the species. 

Butterfly Milkweed, Asclepias tuberosa
Butterfly Milkweed, Asclepias tuberosa

Monarch caterpillar on common milkweed
Monarch caterpillar on Butterfly Milkweed


Native Plants as Nectar Sources:

Planting native species that bloom throughout the season (especially those that bloom in late summer and falll when monarchs are migrating) will help monarch populations find nectar sources as they make their long journey to their wintering grounds.

Joe Pye Weed with Monarch
Monarch adult nectaring on Joe Pye Weed

Common Milkseed, Asclepias syriaca
Common Milkweed, Asclepias syriaca

Swamp Milkweed, Asclepias incarnata
Swamp Milkweed, Asclepias incarnata



Brochure: Using Native Plants for Butterfly Gardens

Download this PDF brochure for species recommendations to create butterfly habitat.

Native Plants-Butterfly Gardens Brochure