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Wednesday, April 11 • 10:00am - 10:15am
SYMPOSIA-11: A Monarch's View of the City: Developing a Conservation Design for Monarchs in Urban Areas

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AUTHORS: Abigail Derby Lewis*, Mark Bouman, Erika Hasle, Mark Johnston, Marc Lambruschi, Doug Stotz, Lex Winter – The Field Museum; Craig Czarnecki, Kelley Meyers – U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

ABSTRACT: Monarch butterfly habitat—including milkweed host plants and nectar food sources—has declined drastically throughout most of the United States. Observed overwinter population levels have also exhibited a long-term downward trend that suggests a strong relationship between habitat loss and monarch population declines. Results from a U.S. Geological Survey led research effort indicate that we will need a conservation approach that includes all land types to stabilize monarch populations at levels necessary to adequately minimize extinction risk—and urban areas will likely play an important role. The Urban Monarch Conservation Design reflects a coordinated and strategic approach to help identify the best places and practices to put pollinator habitat on the ground at the local scale. A resulting product of this work is the Urban Monarch Conservation Guidebook planning tool (www.fieldmuseum.org/monarchs), which reflects an integrated social, ecological and geospatial approach to prioritizing monarch conservation efforts in metropolitan areas. We will share results from the four cities where the project has been piloted, and discuss how the tools and products can be applied and scaled to other municipalities across the United States.

Wednesday April 11, 2018 10:00am - 10:15am CDT
Grant Park Parlor