We are happy to welcome you to a special evening with Dr. Karen Oberhauser, the new Director of the University of Wisconsin-Madison Arboretum, and world-renowned monarch expert.
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.
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. Her strong interest in promoting a citizenry with a high degree of scientific and environmental literacy led to the development of a science education program that involves courses for teachers and opportunities for youth to engage in research and share their findings with broad audiences. In 1996, she and graduate student Michelle Prysby started a nationwide Citizen Science project called The Monarch Larva Monitoring Project, which continues to engage hundreds of volunteers throughout North America. Karen has authored over 90 papers about her research on monarchs, insect conservation, and citizen science. She is also 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.
Members Happy Hour at 6:00 PM- Free, but please RSVP online or call (815) 335-2915.
General Public - $10, please join us at 7:00 PM for the presentation. Register online or call (815) 335-2915.
Directions: Severson Dells Nature Center - 8786 Montague Rd., Rockford, IL 61102 - From Bypass 20 south of Rockford, take the Montague Road exit. Turn southwest on Montague Road and continue approximately four miles, past Meridian Road, to the second left after passing Weldon Road.