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Monarch Short Course
Join Us for an 8-week Course to Learn more about Monarchs!
On each Wednesday evening from August 5 - September 23, participants will learn about various topics including monarch biology, migration, threats, plant and insect identification, research and conservation, citizen science opportunities, and how to establish pollinator habitat. Participants who finish the course will have the opportunity to become a part of a network of monarch ambassadors for outreach!
Only Food Source for Monarch Caterpillars, Ubiquitously Contaminated
RENO, Nev. – New evidence identifies 64 pesticide residues in milkweed, the main food for monarch butterflies in the west. Milkweed samples from all of the locations studied in California’s Central Valley were contaminated with pesticides, sometimes at levels harmful to monarchs and other insects.
Monarchs in Canada
Learn about recent Monarch Conservation in Canada in this webinar presented by Monarch Joint Venture and USFWS National Conservation Training Center on Tuesday June 23rd.
Greg Mitchell from Environment Canada will talk about the listing decision for monarchs in Canada, how they fund stewardship projects, and the conservation research in which he is currently involved.
Out West: Western Monarch Conservation Efforts Webinar Series by the Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (WAFWA)
Each episode will be held on the third Thursday of the month for June, July, and August, from 10:00-11:30 am PST.
June 18 2020 10:00-11;30 PST
Title: Monarch Policy Update
Amanda Barth (Utah Dept. of Natural Resources) – Overview of Western Monarch Conservation Plan 2019
Cat Darst (USFWS) – Western Monarch population status/SSA/ESA
Steven Choy (USFWS) – Monarch Conservation Database
Iris Caldwell (University of Illinois—Chicago) – Monarch ROW CCAA in the Western US
Research Reports from the Field: Monarch Biology and Rearing
Held initially on May 26th, this webinar provides great information and a thought-provoking discussion regarding the controversial subject of monarch rearing.
Monarch Joint Venture and the USFWS National Conservation Training Center hosted this webinar with updates from Dr. Sonia Altizer with Project Monarch Health, Dr. Ania Majewska at Emory University, and Ayse Tenger-Trolander with Dr. Marcus Kronski from the University of Chicago. Moderated by Dr. Karen Oberhauser for each of the presenters as they share their recent research in monarch biology, ecology, and conservation, specifically as it relates to reared monarchs.
2021 Monarch Summit?
This has taken a back burner for now. But that burner is still on!
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