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Tuesday, January 30 • 9:00am - 9:20am
SYMPOSIA-09: Monarchs: Climate and Implications for Preservation of an Endangered Phenomenon

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AUTHORS. Karen Oberhauser, University of Wisconsin-Madison

ABSTRACT. Monarch butterfly populations have been declining over the last 20 years, and currently face a relatively high risk of “quasi-extinction” due to a variety of factors. Because insect numbers are notoriously difficult to assess and because they often show large year to year fluctuations, simply documenting this decline is a challenge. Citizens and scientists are collaborating in innovative ways to document monarch numbers at all stages of their migratory cycle, and these numbers are being used to parameterize predictive models.  I’ll first summarize ongoing research by the Monarch Conservation Science Partnership (MCSP), a group that includes federal and state agency representatives, academic researchers, and NGO scientists. I’ll then describe how MCSP research has led to habitat restoration goals, and discuss potential impacts of a changing environment on monarchs’ annual cycle of breeding, migrating, and overwintering.

Tuesday January 30, 2018 9:00am - 9:20am CST