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Monarch Butterfly Biology and Conservation

Thursday10/216:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Join us for a learning event for adults at the Oregon Area Senior Center! Registration is required. The first 30 people who register will get a free packet of Butterfly Weed seeds.

Monarch butterfly populations have been declining over the last 20 years. It is important to move beyond documenting this decline and toward responding to the challenge posed by monarch and insect conservation. In this presentation, Karen Oberhauser will describe the amazing biology of migratory monarchs, how citizens and scientists are documenting monarch numbers across their migratory cycle, what the UW-Madison Arboretum and other organizations are doing, and what you can do to preserve this charismatic insect for generations to come.

Karen Oberhauser is the director of the UW-Madison Arboretum. She and her students have conducted research on several aspects of monarch butterfly ecology and Karen has authored over 90 papers on her research on monarchs, insect conservation and citizen science. In 1996, she started a nationwide citizen science project called the Monarch Larva Monitoring Project (MLMP), which continues to engage hundreds of volunteers throughout North America. The MLMP and another flagship citizen science program with a strong monarch focus, Journey North, are key features of the growing citizen science programming at the UW-Madison Arboretum. Karen is passionate about the conservation of the world’s biodiversity and believes that the connections her projects and the UW Arboretum promote between humans and the natural world promote meaningful conservation action.

If you have questions or need special accommodations at events, contact Kara at [email protected].

The program is made possible through funding from the Friends of the Oregon Library.

Event Type:
Talks, Online/Virtual
Target Age/Grade:
High School/College and Up


Oregon Area Senior Center
219 Park st
Oregon, WI 53575 United States


UW-Madison Arboretum
(608) 263-7888

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