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EPRI Monarch Roundtable: IUCN Red List Discussion

October 12 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm CDT

EPRI Monarch Roundtable: IUCN Red List Discussion

October 12, 2022

12:00pm CT, through Cisco WebEx

Use this WebEx link to join the webcast before it starts; no pre-registration is required.

 

In July 2022, the migratory monarch was assessed as Endangered for the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, with much associated fanfare in the news. But what does this actually mean and how did it come about?

 

Please join us for an upcoming, one hour webcast on October 12th at 12:00pm CT. In this webcast, Monika Böhm, Co-chair of the Butterfly and Moth Specialist Group and Freshwater Coordinator at the Global Center for Species Survival, and Anna Walker, Species Survival Officer for Invertebrate Pollinators at the New Mexico BioPark Society, will give a brief overview of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature’s Red List and how it was used to assess the conservation status of the migratory monarch butterfly.

 

The IUCN Red List is widely recognized as the most comprehensive, scientifically based source for information on the global status of fungi, plant, and animal species. The recent assessment of the Monarch joined more than 140,000 species already assessed on the IUCN Red List. This presentation will cover what is involved in the monarch assessment, what data was used to draw a conclusion, and what the decision means for land managers and policy makers.

Moderator:

Jessica Fox, Conservation Biologist, Electric Power Research Institute

Presenters:

Anna Walker is the Species Survival Officer for Invertebrate Pollinators at the New Mexico BioPark Society. In this role, she works in partnership with the IUCN Species Survival Commission to assess the conservation status of insects on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. She has worked on projects involving moths endemic to Hawai‘i, prairie butterflies, and North American fireflies. In addition to writing Red List assessments, Anna is involved in several community science initiatives that focus on understanding the local insect fauna. She is the director of the New Mexico Butterfly Monitoring Network and partners with the Western Firefly Project to document rare and understudied fireflies of the desert southwest.

 

Monni Böhm is the Freshwater Conservation Coordinator at the Indianapolis Zoo’s Global Center for Species Survival, a partnership between Indianapolis Zoo and the IUCN Species Survival Commission (SSC) to support and connect thousands of conservation experts working to secure a future for animals, fungi and plants in more than 160 countries. Prior to this, she was based at the Institute of Zoology at the Zoological Society of London, where she used the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species as a biodiversity indicator to monitor status and trends of many different species groups across the globe. She is the Co-chair of the IUCN SSC Butterfly and Moth Specialist Group and the coordinator of the IUCN SSC Terrestrial and Freshwater Invertebrate Red List Authority, as well as a member of the Red List Technical Working Group of the IUCN and a member of several other Specialist Groups.

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