Spend an evening with Dr. Karen Oberhauser, the new Director at the University of Wisconsin’s Arboretum, and your fellow Severson Dells members. Enjoy hors d'oeuvres and drinks before her presentation that begins at 7pm. Space is limited for this event. RSVP required (see below).
Speaker Bio: Karen Oberhauser is the Director of the UW-Madison Arboretum. She and her students have conducted research on several aspects of monarch butterfly ecology. Her research depends on traditional lab and field techniques, as well as the contributions of a variety of audiences through citizen science. She is the chair of the Monarch Joint Venture, and a founding officer of the Monarch Butterfly Fund. In 2013, Karen received a White House Champion of Change award for her work with Citizen Science.
Presentation Description: Dwindling numbers for an iconic insect: A conservation biologist ponders moving beyond the documentation of declines
Monarch butterfly populations have been declining over the last 20 years. Because insect numbers are notoriously difficult to assess, and because they often show large annual fluctuations, simply documenting this decline has been a challenge. It is now important to move beyond simple documentation, and toward responding to the challenge posed by monarch conservation, and insect conservation in general. Dr. Oberhauser will describe the amazing biology of migratory monarch populations, how citizens and scientists are documenting monarch numbers across their migratory cycle, and then discuss what all of us can do to help preserve this charismatic insect for generations to come.