Symposium Agenda

Day 1
Research and Monitoring
May 31, 2017


Agenda times/sessions are subject to change slightly as we firm up final details.

7:30 am


8:00 am

Welcome and Keynote

8:30 am

State of the Monarch

  • Introduction and Remarks
  • National Monarch Conservation Update
  • Overview of Monarch Life History and Conservation Opportunities

9:15 am

National and Trinational Monarch Butterfly Science and Conservation Activities

  • Monarch Conservation Science Partnership Activities
  • Wintering Grounds Update

9:45 am


10:00 am

Availability and Distribution of Milkweed and Nectaring Resources in the South-Central Region

  • Oklahoma and Texas Milkweed Distribution
  • Nectaring Resources Availability
  • Milkweed and Nectaring Resources Seed Availability

11:15 am

Risks to Monarch Butterfly Population Viability

  • Risk Assessment Model and Impact of Roadkill
  • Impact of Pesticide/Herbicides
  • Pest and Disease Impacts

12:00 pm

Contribution of the Fifth Generation and Overwintering Generation to the Monarch Butterfly Population

12:30 pm


1:30 pm

State and Regional Planning Efforts for the Monarch Butterfly

  • National and State Conservation Planning Efforts
  • ODWC Conservation Plan
  • Texas Monarch and Native Pollinator Conservation Plan

2:15 pm

Monarch Butterfly Conservation Fund

2:30 pm

Working Groups

  • 1. Data Gaps in Understanding Monarch Butterflies in the South-Central Region
  • 2. Seed Availability and Distribution
  • 3. Best Management Practices for Monarchs
  • 4. Utilizing Research, Tools, and Resources Towards Conservation Targets
  • 5. Communicating Research Findings to Conservation Practitioners

4:00 pm


4:15 pm

Working Group Reports and Closing Remarks

5:30 pm

Research Gallery/Reception/WFC Tours

Tour options:

  • Tour 1: Milkweeds and pollinator plants grown in the nursery
  • Tour 2: Milkweeds and pollinator plants growing wild in the research plots
  • Tour 3: Really Cool Pollinator Plants in the Gardens
  • Tour 4: Family Garden
  • Tour 5: General WFC Grounds
  • Tour 6: WFC Green Roofs

Day 2
Conservation Land Management and
Private Landowner Initiatives
June 1, 2017

8:00 am

Welcome and Morning Keynote

8:15 am

Private Landowner Perspective on Monarch Conservation

  • Sycamore Canyon Ranch
  • B&B Farms
  • The Laurels Ranch

9:00 am

Linking Monarchs to Other Conservation Efforts

  • Linkage to Other Grassland-Dependent Species including Pollinators and Migratory Birds
  • Linkage of Monarchs to other Landscape Habitat Conservation/Holistic Planning/Implementation efforts

9:30 am

Explanation of Benefits/Effects of Specific Conservation Practices on Monarchs (Vegetation Post-Treatment Response)

  • Prescribed Fire and Grazing
  • Mowing and Brush Management
  • Pesticide/Herbicide BMPs

10:15 am

Monarch Conservation Benefit on Private Lands Delivered by Farm Bill Programs

10:30 am


10:45 am

Management of Monarchs in the Urban Setting

  • Urban Conservation Efforts
  • Citizen Science Programs
  • Businesses

11:45 am


12:45 pm

Industry Investments in Conservation

  • Utilities/Railroads
  • ROWs
  • Oil and Gas
  • Agribusiness
  • Commodity Groups

2:00 pm

Conservation Programs Available to Private Landowners

  • Landowner Incentive Program
  • Partners for Fish and Wildlife in Texas
  • Partners for Fish and Wildlife inĀ Oklahoma
  • Oaks and Prairies Joint Venture/Grassland Restoration Incentive Program
  • Pastures for Upland Birds
  • USDA Programs
  • Monarch Wrangler Program
  • Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board
  • Monarch Butterfly Habitat Exchange
  • Conservation Easements

2:45 pm

Conservation Programs Share Fair/Break

3:15 pm

Communication Strategies

3:30 pm

Working Groups

  • 1. Working with Rural Landowners
  • 2. Working with Urban and Suburban Landowners
  • 3. Working with Right-of-Ways
  • 4. Coordinating Communications Across Agencies and Organizations

5:00 p

Working Group Reports and Closing Remarks

6:00 pm

Dinner Party