Monarchs & Milkweed: Ecology, Co-evolution and Conservation.
Monarch butterflies have a very unique long-distance migratory pattern and are waging a co-evolutionary arms race with milkweed plants. The recent and alarming decline of monarch butterfly populations has sparked an effort to restore populations of their host plant, milkweed, which serves as the only food source for monarch caterpillars. I will discuss these topics and how citizen scientists can get involved in monitoring monarch and milkweed populations in western Montana.
Phil Hahn researched butterflies in Wisconsin and is continuing his studies in Montana. This is a joint meeting of Five Valleys Audubon and MT Native Plant Society. Note the location change: room 123.