We are very pleased and honored to have Dr. Robert M. Pyle, Founder of Xerces Society and Dr. Chip Taylor, Founder, Monarch Watch as Keynote Speakers at the Western Monarch Advocates Summit 2020.

Dr. Robert M. Pyle

Founder, Xerces Society

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


Dr. Robert M. Pyle received his doctoral training in butterfly conservation ecology at Yale University with Charles Remington. He is the founder of The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation and a Life Honorary Fellow of the Royal Entomological Society. Pyle's 24 books include the John Burroughs Medal-winning Wintergreen, the Guggenheim Fellowship-based Where Bigfoot Walks, the Butterflies of the Pacific Northwest, Mariposa Road, and Chasing Monarchs: Migrating with the Butterflies of Passage. He is the former Chair of the Monarch Project of Xerces, and most recently, co-reviser of the species Lycaena mariposa. Bob's latest book is a novel exploring the relationship of people with one another and with butterflies, Magdalena Mountain (Counterpoint Press). He lives in Gray's River, Washington.


Dr. Chip Taylor

Founder and Director, Monarch Watch

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


Orley R. “Chip” Taylor is the Founder and Director of Monarch Watch, and an Emeritus Professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Kansas. Trained as an insect ecologist at the University of Connecticut, his research projects have included studies of reproductive isolating mechanisms in sulfur butterflies, reproductive and life history patterns in plants, comparative biology of European and Neotropical African honey bees and migratory behavior of Monarch butterflies.  In 1992, Taylor founded Monarch Watch, an outreach program focused on education, research and conservation relative to Monarch butterflies. Since then, Monarch Watch has enlisted the help of volunteers to tag Eastern Monarchs during the fall migration. Since 1992 over 1.8 million Monarchs have been tagged by volunteers. Of these, over 18 thousand have been recovered. This program has provided many new insights about the dynamics of the fall monarch migration. In recognition that habitats for monarchs are declining we created two programs to address this issue: the Monarch Waystation program and the Bring Back the Monarchs program. The goals of these programs have been to inspire the public, schools and others to create habitats for Monarch butterflies and to assist Monarch Watch in educating the public about the decline in resources for Monarchs, pollinators and all wildlife that share the same habitats. 

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