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Monarch research and conservation update with Karen Oberhauser and Gail Morris.


At Papago Buttes Church of the Brethren, 2450 N. 64th Street, Scottsdale

Saturday, February 25, 2017
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

This won't be a usual "sit-back-and-listen" session. We'll discuss research topics that are relevant to monarch conservation, focusing on those about which there is some controversy. In some cases, the controversy results from misinformation, but in others, there are no right answers. Bring an open mind and a willingness to share what you know as we discuss topics such as the evidence that monarch populations are declining, mass rearing and commercial sales of monarchs, impacts of /Ascelpias curassavica/ on winter breeding, and other topics. Karen Oberhauser is a Professor in the Dept. of Fisheries, Wildlife and Conservation Biology at the University of Minnesota, where she and her students conduct research on several aspects of monarch butterfly ecology. Her research depends on traditional lab and field techniques, as well as the contributions of a variety of audiences through citizen science. In 1996, she and graduate student Michelle Prysby started a nationwide Citizen Science project called the Monarch Larva Monitoring Project, which continues to engage hundreds of volunteers throughout North America. Karen has authored over 90 papers on her research on monarchs, insect conservation, and citizen science. Karen is passionate about the conservation of the world’s biodiversity, and believes that the connections her projects promote between monarchs, humans, and the natural world promote meaningful conservation action. She is the chair of the Monarch Joint Venture, and a founding officer of the Monarch Butterfly Fund. In 2013, Karen received a White House Champion of Change award for her work with Citizen Science. Gail is the Coordinator of the Southwest Monarch Study, a Citizen Science project, studying the migration and breeding patterns of monarch butterflies in Arizona, New Mexico, Utah, Nevada, western Colorado and the deserts of California. She is an alumni of Michigan State University and the University of Notre Dame and the principal author of “Status of /Danaus plexippus/ in Arizona” published in June, 2015. Gail is a frequent workshop presenter and blogger on monarch conservation in the Southwest bridging citizen scientists in the field with the academic community and government agencies. She is the Vice-President of the Monarch Butterfly Fund and a Monarch Watch Conservation Specialist.

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