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Conserving Monarch Butterflies: All Hands on Deck

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UW–Madison Arboretum

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1207 Seminole Hwy

Madison, WI 53711

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The monarch butterfly population has seriously declined over the last twenty years. The biggest contributor to this decline has been the loss of breeding habitat in the north central region of the United States. In response, researchers, citizens, and government agencies have been working to understand how much more habitat is needed on the landscape, how best to create that habitat, and where to put it. Laura Lukens and Kyle Kasten from the Monarch Joint Venture and University of Minnesota Monarch Lab will talk about these efforts and their research on how different habitat areas can help recover the monarch population.

Additionally, Laura and Kyle will discuss ways in which citizen scientists can make contributions to monarch conservation, specifically through the Integrated Monitoring Strategy, a program to monitor key monarch and habitat characteristics using spatially balanced sites across the monarch’s U.S. range. Data collected will inform Eastern monarch population habitat targets, help scientists understand the threats monarchs face during the breeding season, and help to create strategies for implementing habitat enhancement.

Laura graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2015 with a B.S. in Biology. As an undergrad, she completed a research project in the Monarch Lab studying monarch parasitoids, and continued as a research assistant for two years. Laura now works as part of a research team studying monarch habitat restorations through the Conservation Reserve Program as well as coordinating a national monitoring program with citizen scientists to monitor monarch habitat availability, quality, and distribution across the US.

Kyle graduated from Carleton College with a B.A. in Biology. Starting as an AmeriCorps volunteer, he spent the summer of 2015 conducting a survey of milkweed species and monarch larvae use of roadside habitats in the upper Midwest. Now working as a member of the Monarch Lab and research team, Kyle studies the effectiveness of prairie restorations through the Conservation Reserve program. In addition, he is working to train volunteers on a new citizen science project aiming to better understand the current state of monarch habitat.

Please preregister for this free event. Event registration closes at noon on June 22. Walk ins will be admitted after 6:45 p.m. as capacity allows.

Photo: Wendy Caldwell

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What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?

There is a parking lot at the Visitor Center. Parking is limited and carpooling is recommended. The Visitor Center is located 1 mile from the Seminole Highway entrance and 2.3 miles from the Mills Street/Wingra Drive entrance. The address 2880 Longenecker Drive works in most mapping and GPS services to locate the Visitor Center within the Arboretum.

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Call (608) 263-7888 or email info@arboretum.wisc.edu.

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