Cooperating to help Monarchs
Mark your calendars for May 26 to attend a webinar about the Monarch Conservation Science Partnership and strategies to help preserve Monarch butterflies.
Biologists, habitat conservation experts and landscape scientists have been meeting for more than two years to develop science-based strategies to save Monarchs. The success of conservation efforts will need to involve government and non-government bodies as well as the help of citizens throughout North America.
Speakers at the seminar will present a summary of the Partnership’s work, including priorities for habitat protection and restoration, targets for monarch population to minimize risks of extinction, and identification of the most important risks to the Monarch population.
Dr. Karen Oberhauser of the University of Minnesota Monarch Lab, Ryan Drum from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and Wayne Thogmartin of the U.S. Geological Service will speak at the webinar, which is a collaboration between the Monarch Joint Venture and the National Conservation Training Center.
You will need to register for the 2 p.m. webinar.
Another effort to help Monarchs comes from the Monarch Joint Venture partner Naturedigger, which has developed an app, Monarch SOS.
Currently Monarch SOS helps users identify Monarchs and similar varieties of butterflies as well as different milkweeds and insects found in Milkweed habitat. Eventually, Monarch SOS will allow users to record data and send it to participating programs such as Journey North and Monarch Watch.