Restoring Rio Grande Butterfly Habitat

We are pleased to announce the release of the River for Monarchs: Sandia High School Seed Workshop film produced by New Mexico PBS! The River for Monarchs project (R4M), led by the Institute for Applied Ecology, is a large-scale collaborative project to restore habitat for monarch butterflies and other pollinators along the Rio Grande River corridor. In concert with IAE’s ecological education programs, the R4M project engages students of all ages in hands-on conservation projects, including monitoring, seed collection, and nursery production. The project involves 18 partners across New Mexico, including Sandia High School, featured in this film. Special thanks to the New Mexico PBS and project funders for making this work possible: the Carroll Petrie Foundation, New Mexico Bureau of Land Management (BLM), and US Forest Service – Region 3.

You can view the full broadcast of the New Mexico PBS film here. If you’re interested in supporting our work to conserve native ecosystems across the Southwest, consider making a donation to support the Southwest Branch of IAE.


River for Monarchs Project Partners

With any questions related to the R4M project, please contact Tyler Turk at [email protected].