2023 March Monarch Meeting (March 6-8, 2023)

The 2023 March Monarch Meeting was held in cooperation with Monarch Joint Venture at the Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix, Arizona, on March 6-8, 2023. 

Copies of presentations are posted below as they are available. The full meeting agenda can be found here.

A Q&A PDF with questions about many of the presentations and their associated responses can be found here.


High-Level Program and Policy Updates

Eastern Monarch Population Update

Wendy Caldwell, Monarch Joint Venture

Western Monarch Population Update

Isis Howard, Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Chuck Traxler, USFWS

U.S. Forest Service

Mike Rizo, USFS

National Fish and Widlife Foundation

Crystal Boyd, NFWF


Research Updates and Discussion

State of Monarch Science

Wayne Thogmartin, USGS

Roadside Habitat Suitability

Laura Lukens, Monarch Joint Venture

Agriculture & Monarchs: Resent Research Summary

Jake Koenig, Monarch Joint Venture

Automated Milkweed Counts: Employing Remote Sensing and Machine Learning

Greg Emerick, Simple Business Automation

Invasive Species’ Impacts on Monarch Butterfly Conservation Initiatives

Adam Baker, Davey Resources Group

Monarch Population Development: A Stage-Specific Model

Chip Taylor, Monarch Watch


Lightning Talks

Monarch Wings Across America

Kelly Bills, Pollinator Partnership

Energy for Ecosystems

Robin Rorick, Energy Petroleum Institute

Nothing Changes Until It Changes in the Dirt

Elsa Gallagher, Bee & Butterfly Habitat Fund

How the Monarch CCAA Supports NiSource’s ESG Reporting and Biodiversity Commitments

Steve Barker, NiSource

Pheasants Forever Habitat Education Programs

Anna Swerczek, Pheasants Forever

Pandemic Opens Training Opportunities for Volunteer Monitors

Julia Whidden, Monarch Larva Monitoring Project

National Monarch Habitat Sustainability Modeling for Corporate Decision Making

Jessica Fox, Electric Power Research Institute

Native Plants for Climate Resilience

Jen Ainsworth, Wild Ones

Using Remote Sensing to Detect Nectar Resources Along Transportation ROWs in Florida

Erica Christiansen, Stantec

Results from Four Years of Urban Monarch Community Science in the Chicago Region

Erika Hasle, Field Museum

Integrated Vegetation Management to Restore and Manage Landscapes and Improve Pollinator Habitat

Rick Johnstone, IVM Partners

Northern Natural Gas’s First Years of Monarch CCAA Implementation: Lessons Learned

Michelle Brown, Northern Natural Gas

Leslie TeWinkel, Merjent

High School Pollinator Habitat Grants Program: What We’ve Learned

Haley Diem, Sand County Foundation

Creative Community Outreach

Terry Smith, Pollinator Posse

Integrated Habitat Management

Mike Retterer, Pheasants Forever

Divergent Monarch Migration: Destinations and Overwintering Strategies in the Southwest

Gail Morris, Southwest Monarch Study

Desert Refuge: Monarch Community Science Pilot

Kim Pegram, Desert Botanical Garden

Planning for Monarch Butterfly Conservation on Roadsides: Development of a Statewide Milkweed Species Distribution Model for Arizona

Kris Gade, Arizona DOT

Haley Nelson, Arizona Game and Fish Department


Other Presentations

Managing ROWs for Pollinators: Patterns for Bee and Butterfly Diversity on Idaho Roadsides

Thomas Meinzen, Dr. Diane Debinski, and Dr. Laura Burkle, Montana State University

Rob Ament, Western Transportation Institute

Cathy Ford and Ned Parish, Idaho Transportation Department

Virginia DOT (VDOT)’s Enrollment into the Monarch CCAA

Susan Alexander, Virginia DOT