Information here has been compiled and customized for South Carolina with input from local experts and thorough review of online resources. Many non-profit organizations nationwide are dedicated to monarchs and their websites are troves of information. From basics about life stages and migration to guides for mobilizing your company to sponsor a butterfly and pollinator garden, if you have any interest in monarch butterflies we recommend you spend some time exploring these sites.
Clemson Extension – Information on any agricultural or horticultural topic you could want, plus friendly experts in every South Carolina county who can answer your specific questions.
Monarch Joint Venture – A partnership of governmental and non-governmental groups, coordinating efforts to preserve and restore monarch habitat across the US. Most other groups you’ll find are Joint Venture partners.
Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation – A research and advocacy group for all insects, including monarchs.
Pollinator Partnership – Conservation, education, and research for all pollinators. For monarchs, a source of detailed Habitat Development Manuals and ecoregional planting guides, with the goal of facilitating larger-scale habitat creation projects.
University of Minnesota Monarch Lab – Research and resources on monarch biology, gardening, educational curricula, and more.
Monarch Watch – From the University of Kansas. Notable for its Monarch Waystation program and Milkweed Market.
Journey North – A citizen science project to track many migratory species, including the first monarch sightings each spring, to better understand migrations and seasonal change.
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center – Detailed information about native plant species.