Evening Keynote Address & Informal Social Mixer
Morning Keynote Address & Technical Issues
Moderator:  Robert Coffan
Technical Sessions
Moderator:  Robert Coffan

4:30 - 6:00pm

Registration / Info Tables  

No-Host Social - Light hors d’oeuvres and one drink provided

6:00 - 6:30pm

Welcome Intro / Weekend Agenda / Logistics (Robert Coffan)

6:30 - 7:30pm

Keynote Speaker -  Dr. Chip Taylor, Founder, Monarch Watch, 

Univ. of Kansas

Can the Predictive Monarch Population and Migration Modeling in the East help in the West?

7:30 - Evening Free


8:00 - 8:30am

Continental Breakfast


8:30 - 9:30am

Keynote Speaker - Dr. Robert M. Pyle, Founder, Xerces Society

Breaking Down the Wall: How Our Eastern and Western Monarchs Blend, and How We Found Out


9:30 - 10:00am

Understanding the Monarch Within the Context of a Declining Regional Fauna (Dr. Matt Forister, University of Reno)


10:00 - 10:15am


10:15 - 10:45am

Western Monarch Population Viability Analysis

(Dr. Cheryl Schultz, Washington State University)

10:45 -11:15am

More than “Just Tagging” - Empowering a Motivated Cadre to Research Monarchs in the Southwest

(Gail Morris, Southwest Monarch Study Coordinator)


11:15 - 11:45am

Monarch Migration in the Pacific Northwest:  What Have We Learned since 2012?

(Dr. David James, Washington State University)


11:45 - 12:00pm

Genetic Relationship Between Eastern and Western Monarchs

(Dr. Francis Villablanca, Cal Poly)


12:00 - 1:00pm

Lunch (provided)

Ongoing Info Tables

1:00 - 1:30pm

The Western Monarch Conservation Plan: 2019-2069

(Joel Trumbo, WAFWA)

1:30 - 3:30pm

Regional (State) Updates


(15 min each with additional 5 min Q&A)

CA - Connie Masotti

Overwintering in Pacific Grove

CA - Dr. Georgia Goldfarb

Non-overwintering and S CA

OR -  Dr. Tom Landis

ID - Dr. Dusty Perkins

UT - Amanda Barth

NV - Julie Koop

3:30 - 3:45pm


3:45 - 5:00pm

FIELD TRIP: Palo Corona Regional Park Restoration

FIELD TRIP: Pacific Grove Overwintering Site

WORKSHOP: How We Count Our Western Monarchs

(see Field Trip page)

Info Tables


7:30 - 9:00am

FIELD TRIP: Monarch Counting at Pacific Grove - (7:30 start)

Info Tables

Breakfast on your own


9:00 - 9:30am

Counts Make a Difference

(Mia Monroe, Coordinator, Western Monarch Thanksgiving Count)


State of the Overwintering Sites and Connecting Conservation across California​

(Dr. Angela Laws, Xerces Society

Monarch and Pollinator Ecologist)



The Effect of imidacloprid on Monarch Butterfly Longevity: Are neonicotinoid insecticides a major factor in Monarch population decline?

(Dr. David James, Washington State University)



Break and Informal Discussion 



Milkweed is Not Milkweed is Not Milkweed!  The Functional Importance of Native Diversity

(Dr. Frances Villablanca, Cal Poly)


Journey North and the Monarch Larva Monitoring Project: Continent-wide Citizen Science

(Dr. Karen Oberhauser, Director of UW-Madison Arboretum) 


Multiple Pillars of Monarch Joint Venture - Habitat, Education, Science, Partnerships

(Katie-Lyn Bunney, Education Coordinator, Monarch Joint Venture) 

12:15 -1:30pm

An Award/Lunchtime Wrap-up

Next Steps/Closing Remarks


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