Monarch Butterfly Biology and Conservation

Thursday, October 21, 2021 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Oregon Area Senior Center, 219 Park St.

A learning event for adults. Registration required. The first 25 people who register will get a free packet of Butterfly Weed seeds.

This is a hybrid event. Participants can participate online or in-person at the Oregon Area Senior Center at 219 Park Street. For those participating online, you will be emailed login information before the event

Monarch butterfly populations have been declining over the last 20 years. It is important to move beyond documenting this decline and toward responding to the challenge posed by monarch and insect conservation. In this presentation, Karen Oberhauser will describe the amazing biology of migratory monarchs, how citizens and scientists are documenting monarch numbers across their migratory cycle, and what the Arboretum and other organizations are doing, and what you can do to preserve this charismatic insect for generations to come.

Karen Oberhauser is the Director of the UW-Madison Arboretum. She and her students have conducted research on several aspects of monarch butterfly ecology and Karen has authored over 90 papers on her research on monarchs, insect conservation, and citizen science. In 1996, she started a nationwide Citizen Science project called the Monarch Larva Monitoring Project (MLMP), which continues to engage hundreds of volunteers throughout North America. The MLMP and another flagship citizen science program with a strong monarch focus, Journey North, are key features of the growing citizen science programming at the UW-Madison Arboretum.  Karen is passionate about the conservation of the world’s biodiversity, and believes that the connections her projects and the Arboretum promote between humans and the natural world promote meaningful conservation action.

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The program is made possible through funding from the Friends of the Oregon Library.

Wisconsin Science Festival Curiosity UnleasedThis event is part of the Wisconsin Science Festival! Celebrate science throughout Wisconsin! #WiSciFest

monarch butterfly sitting on a butterfly weed flower