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Monarch Conservation Webinar Series

Join us for the 2018 Monarch Conservation Webinar Series, hosted by the Monarch Joint Venture and the USFWS National Conservation Training Center! On the 4th Tuesday of each month, we will dive into a new monarch conservation topic with expertise and experience from the MJV partnership and other organizations. Click on the title of a webinar to register!  Webinar titles may be updated and additional presenters may be added to a webinar as the event approaches. More information and a description of each webinar will be available on our events page approximately one month before the webinar date, or earlier. If you register early you will receive email updates on the webinars you have signed up for as information becomes available, so register today!

  • Title: On the Wings of Monarchs: A 10,000 foot view of species conservation
    Date: Tuesday, 2/27/2018, 2 PM Eastern Time
    Presenter: Wendy Caldwell, Monarch Joint Venture Coordinator
    Description: COMPLETED. Visit our page of archived webinars to watch this and other previous webinars.
  • Title: Success Stories in Engaging the Agricultural Community in State Monarch Conservation Planning
    Date: Tuesday 3/27/2018, 2 PM Eastern Time
    Facilitated by the Keystone Monarch Collaborative.
    Steve Bradbury, Iowa State University
    Wayne Fredericks, Iowa Soybean Association
    Aimee Hood, Monsanto
    Karen Kinkead, Iowa Department of Natural Resources
    Susan Kozak, Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship
    Brent Vandeloecht, Missouri Department of Conservation
    The Monarch Collaborative is working to identify how partnerships in the farming and ranching community can support and enhance habitat for a sustainable monarch population. This webinar, Success Stories in Engaging the Agricultural Community in State Monarch Conservation Planning, will feature speakers from the Monarch Collaborative, the Iowa Monarch Consortium, and Missourians for Monarchs to provide learnings and tips on how to build a successful state plan that brings together the agricultural community with conservation partners in informing state plans and supporting the monarch butterfly. This webinar will also communicate success stories and lessons learned from where states are engaging agricultural partners in monarch conservation planning efforts; show why it’s important for agriculture groups to be involved, where and how they are involved, what worked to get them involved, and how they are communicating with growers and driving action in their states; and point grower organizations toward additional resources for learning more and getting involved.

  • Title: Understanding the Endangered Species Act
    Date: Tuesday 4/24/2018, 2 PM Eastern Time
    Presenter: Karen Anderson, ​USFWS Biologist
    Description: Coming soon!

  • Title: The Power of Volunteers in Monarch Conservation
    Date: Tuesday, 5/22/2018, 2 PM Eastern Time
    Presenter: Rich Dolesh, National Recreation and Park Association Vice-President for Strategic Initiatives
    Description: It goes without saying that preserving the monarch migration throughout North America will only be successful with the help of volunteers.  Restoring habitat, planting milkweed and participating in citizen science are just a few of the ways that volunteers contribute to monarch conservation.  Public lands managers, habitat managers, and researchers have an opportunity to engage a growing number of people aware of this issue as volunteers who can make lasting and important contributions.  This webinar will highlight some best practices for agencies and non-profit organizations working with volunteers.  You will learn new ways to utilize and recognize volunteers and new ways to give volunteers meaningful opportunities for citizen science and habitat enhancement.  Volunteers are vital to restoring the monarch.  Learn how you can inspire passion and commitment in your volunteers and achieve more than you ever thought possible with their help!

  • Title: Milkweed Seed Collection
    Date: Tuesday 6/26/2018, 2 PM Eastern Time
    Presenter: Monarch Watch, University of Kansas
    Description: Coming soon!

  • Title: Meadow Establishment in the East
    Date: Tuesday 7/24/2018, 2 PM Eastern Time
    Presenters: Larry Weaner, Larry Weaner Landscape Associates Founder & Principal. Ann Aldrich, Dumbarton Oaks Park Conservancy, past Restoration Director.
    Description:  This webinar will discuss establishing and maintaining native meadows in the eastern US. There is a growing movement in the eastern US to convert lawn to meadows, even small backyard plots, for pollinator and wildlife habitat. There are many methods to accomplish the conversion. Both methods and meadow maintenance needs will be discussed.
    Larry Weaner, author of Garden Revolution: How Our Landscapes Can Be A Source of Environmental Change with Thomas Christopher (Timber Press 2016) and renowned meadow designer, will provide an overview of the broad topic of meadow development. He will cover various methods and considerations in establishing meadows. Larry will talk about establishment challenges, ecological considerations and maintenance needs for successful self-sustaining meadows with examples from his award winning designs.
    Ann Aldrich, past Restoration Director for Dumbarton Oaks Park Conservancy, worked with Larry to restore the meadows in Dumbarton Oaks Park. Ann will share the work The Monarch Alliance is doing at Fort Frederick State Park southwest of Hagerstown, Maryland to move several meadows from warm season grasses mixed with European cool season grasses and invasive plants to a self-sustaining native meadow through mowing and inter-planting.

  • Title: Getting Monarchs into Business: Case studies of monarch conservation
    Date: Tuesday, August 28th, 2018. 2 PM Eastern Time
    Presenters: Iris Caldwell, Energy Resources Center and Thelma Redick, Wildlife Habitat Council.
    Description: Coming soon!

  • Title: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly: Monarch predators and disease
    Date: Tuesday September 25th, 2018. 2 PM Eastern Time
    Presenter: Dr. Sonia Altizer, Project Monarch Health, University of Georgia.
    Description: Coming soon!

  • Title: "5th Generation" Monarchs: What do we know and not know?
    Date: Tuesday, October 23rd, 2018. 2 PM Eastern Time
    Presenter: Dr. Kristen Baum, Oklahoma State University
    Description: Coming soon!

  • Title: Where are the Monarchs and Milkweeds? Crowd-sourcing, modeling, and surveying across the West
    Date: Tuesday, November 27th, 2018. 2 PM Eastern Time
    Presenters: Emma Pelton, Conservation Biologist and Candace Fallon, Senior Conservation Biologist, the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation
    Description: Coming soon!

Integrated Monarch Monitoring Project Trainings

Citizen scientists provide valuable data to monarch conservation through the Integrated Monarch Monitoring Program (IMMP), and many other programs. To learn about how to count monarchs and carefully describe their habitats with IMMP, please consider attending one of our 2018 training sessions. Find more information about the program and the training sessions here.

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