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Proactive Conservation for Working Lands

Opening the Treasure of New Insights about Monarch Butterflies in the Deserts


Little was known about monarch butterflies in the Southwest region of the United States but new studies reveal a modest population with promising conservation implications. In this seminar we will discuss information about the monarch butterfly breeding, migration and overwintering strategies in the southwest region, favored Asclepias spp. and nectar sources, and the affect of climate change on the monarch's life-cycle.

About the presenter:
Gail Morris is the Coordinator of the Southwest Monarch Study (a partner with Monarch Joint Venture) and co-author of the recently published "Status of Danaus plexippus in Arizona." Gail is also a Monarch Watch Conservation Specialist and Vice-President of the Monarch Butterfly Fund Board of Directors.