Working toward a comprehensive partner conservation strategy for the South-Central Great Plains region to aid in the recovery of the monarch butterfly.
Over 200 monarch conservation partners and scientists, representing over 80 different organizations, gathered for a two-day symposium hosted by Texan by Nature at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center on May 31-June 1, 2017. The symposium is part of a project funded by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation to develop a comprehensive partnership between government agencies, non-governmental organizations, universities, the private sector, and Texas private landowners to identify key strategies for recovery of the monarch in the south-central region of the migratory pathway.
The symposium boasted over 50 speakers and included several working groups and a round of lightning talks by a myriad of experts. Topics ranged from milkweed availability, distribution, and resources, as well as monarch population risks, to private landowner perspectives on monarch conservation. In addition, college students participated by showcasing their monarch-related research during an interactive poster session. Findings from the presentations and working group discussions identified key strategies for successful recovery. These strategies are serving as catalysts for several coordinated efforts among organizations across the south-central range. The project will continue through May 2018.
Throughout 2018, working groups formed from the symposium met to discuss data gaps and needs, created and executed a framework for a state plan, and highlighted potential next projects to address pollinator needs. In 2018, an online collaborative community was launched for research and idea sharing; the community currently has 85 experts and 2000 pager views and counting. Texan by Nature presented the results from the 2017 symposium and ensuing efforts to Texas legislators at the pollinator interim charge in late 2018.
If you weren’t able to be there but would like to see the information presented, you can view the recorded presentations on the presentations page.
Information collected at the symposium was synthesized into a reportthat has driven the prioritization of additional research and conservation needs in the south-central region and guided the remaining project outcomes.