Upcoming Monarch Joint Venture Events
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Monarch Conservation Webinar Series:
- 2:00-3:00 Eastern, Thursday February 16: Designing Seed Mixes for Native Habitat with Justin Meissen (Tallgrass Prairie Center).
A well-designed seed mix is an essential component of any native habitat restoration project. The seeds we use in each mix ultimately define the character of restored vegetation, and determine how well a restoration project can meet its goals. In this webinar, we’ll cover the basic principles of seed mix design, review some of the tools currently available for designing seed mixes, and walk through several design examples using the Tallgrass Prairie Center’s Iowa Prairie Seed Calculator. The Iowa Prairie Seed Calculator incorporates the core concepts of seed mix design with a user-friendly interface, taking seeding method, planting time, and planting site conditions into account to produce an ecologically appropriate seed mix ready to send to commercial seed producers.
- 2:00-3:00 Eastern, Thursday February 23: Designing and Creating Outdoor Signs for Monarch Waystations and Pollinator Gardens with Rich Dolesh (National Recreation and Park Association).
Do you want to engage and educate the public about the value of your Waystation and pollinator gardens? Interpretive and educational signage is very valuable in communicating the importance of why it is important to create monarch and other pollinator habitat, but the task of designing, creating, and installing attractive and durable outdoor signs is daunting for many. This webinar will provide valuable information on how to design and create outdoor signs. Topics will cover sign types and styles, relative costs of types of signs, examples of effective sign layout and design, recommendations for materials choices, suggestions for how to work with a professional sign company, ideas for low-cost alternatives, and how to utilize in-house capacity and volunteer resources. Quality signage can make your waystation or pollinator garden appealing and interesting while serving the valuable purpose of educating the public on what your garden does and why it is important.
- 2:00-3:00 Eastern, Thursday March 23: Monarch Parasitoids with Carl Stenoien (University of Minnesota Monarch Lab) and Dane Elmquist (University of Minnesota Monarch Lab and Monarch Larva Monitoring Project).
Have you ever seen the movie Alien? Then you know what a parasitoid is, but did you know that monarchs have natural parasitoids? PhD Candidate Carl Stenoien from the UMN Monarch Lab will discuss recent research on parasitoid wasps that prey on monarchs. Dane Elmquist, former assistant program coordinator for the Monarch Larva Monitoring Project, will discuss recent discoveries made by monarch citizen science about tachinid flies, a common monarch parasitoid. More details coming soon!
- 2:00-3:00 Eastern, Thursday April 6: Monarchs and Solar. More details coming soon!
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