The Monarch Conservancy

The plans for Innovation Campus have included strong efforts to limit its construction footprint on a site that also contains a sanctuary for monarch butterflies.

Each fall, hundreds of millions of monarchs throughout the United States and Canada migrate to central Mexico for the winter. This site is one of many where the butterflies fuel up and roost on their long journey. UWM faculty and students work closely with experts in the environmental community to manage the habitat area.

In fact, after UWM had zoned the land and laid out tentative building plans for the engineering facility, the boundaries were shifted to better protect the monarchs. The site now includes more than 11 acres of undisturbed habitat.

Recreational walking and bike trails have been constructed to serve the conservancy and its surroundings, which include designating nearly 55 acres for a Milwaukee County Park.