Monarch Biology and Conservation Meeting: Minnesota 2012

The 2.5 day Monarch Biology and Conservation Meeting, hosted by the University of Minnesota Monarch Lab, was held from June 21-23, 2012 at the University of Minnesota’s Landscape Arboretum. It provided an opportunity for monarch biologists, agency land managers, monarch conservationists, citizen scientists, and others interested in monarch biology and conservation to share new information on monarch population trends, new findings in monarch biology, and successful monarch conservation efforts. Meeting activities included speaking and poster sessions, field trips, workshops, a banquet with a keynote speaker, and plenty of time for informal sharing and networking. While the meeting is over, we’ve posted presentation (both posters and powerpoints from talks) to allow the information sharing to continue.

Meeting Sponsor: The Monarch Joint Venture

The Monarch Joint Venture is a partnership of federal and state agencies, non-governmental organizations, and academic programs working together to support and coordinate efforts to protect monarch breeding and migratory habitat across the lower 48 United States. The MJV is committed to a science-based approach to monarch conservation work, guided by the North American Monarch Conservation Plan (2008).

Venue: The University of Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

The University of Minnesota Landscape Arboretum features more than 1,000 acres of magnificent gardens, model landscapes, and natural areas-from woodlands and wetlands to prairie-with extensive collections of northern-hardy plants. You’ll be able to tour the Arboretum on 12.5 miles of garden paths and hiking trails, walking the close gardens and biking, walking or driving Three-Mile Drive to see more gardens and collections.

The Arboretum is part of the Department of Horticultural Science within the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences at the University of Minnesota. Its mission is to provide a community and national resource for horticultural and environmental information, research and public education; to develop and evaluate plants and horticultural practices for cold climates; and to inspire and delight all visitors with quality plants in well-designed and maintained displays, collections, model landscapes, and conservation areas.

Monarch on Zinnia. Photo by Carrie Benham.

Monarch on Zinnia. Photo by Carrie Benham.