Working toward a comprehensive partner conservation strategy for the South-Central Great Plains region to aid in the recovery of the monarch butterfly.
The recovery of the monarch butterfly and the goal to thus preclude the need for federal listing of the species has prompted immense effort and investment among government agencies, NGO’s, universities, the private sector, and Texas landowners. However, species recovery is most effective when research, conservation efforts, and investments are comprehensive and coordinated across the range. Unlike the mid-western and northern part of the species range in the United States, rangelands and urban areas dominate the landscape supporting the spring and fall monarch migrations in Texas and Oklahoma. Texan by Nature will convene experts and organizations engaged in monarch research and conservation in the south-central portion of the butterfly’s migratory pathway to ensure a more comprehensive partner conservation strategy, and to optimize the effectiveness of recovery efforts in this portion of the migratory pathway.
Monarch conservation partners and scientists gathered for the two-day symposium. Findings from the presentations and working group discussions will lead to outcomes that further coordinate and implement a comprehensive partnership and identify key strategies for recovery of the monarch. These strategies will serve as a catalyst for additional and more strategic phases of work. Post-symposium communication and workshops will be held through May 2018 to implement these outcomes.