2024 Monarchs and More Network Meeting (March 5-7, 2024)

The 2024 Monarchs and More Network Meeting was held in cooperation with Monarch Joint Venture and Farmers for Monarchs at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center in Austin, Texas, on March 5-7, 2024. 

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


Inter-Agency Pollinator Collaboration

Center for Pollinator Conservation (CPC) Overview

Nicole Alt, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Department of Defense (DoD) Presentation

Stephanie Hertz, U.S. Department of Defense

USFS Presentation

Mike Rizo, U.S. Forest Service

Solar Energy Technologies Office (SETO) Overview

Juan Botero, U.S. Department of Energy

NRCS Activities and Perspectives about Monarchs

Ed Henry, National Resources Conservation Service (NRCS)

U.S. Department of Interior (DOI)-BLM Pollinator Summary

Casey Burns, Bureau of Land Management (BLM)



Lightning Talks

TxDOT’s Participation in the Monarch CCAA – Environmental Factors: Drought

Sam Glinsky, Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT)

Texas Monarch Flyway Strategy Overview

Deborah January-Bevers, Houston Wilderness

Operation Pollination Overview

Chris Stein, National Park Service (NPS)

Conserving Monarchs: We need to talk about pesticides

Emily May, Xerces

Creating Living Classrooms to Combat Monarch Declines

Emily Geest, Oklahoma City Zoo

Collaborative Conservation Benefits Pollinators

Wes Fleming, Evergy

REVEG: Balancing habitat enhancement alongside reliability

Steve Ryan and Steve Letkowski, PSE&G

Dave Kunz, DRG

Monarch Habitat Restoration in Canada

Victoria Woodhouse, Canadian Wildlife Federation (CWF)

Grasslands for Wildlife

Schyler Rhea, Wildlife Habitat Federation (WHF)

Corteva Grows: Pollinator initatives with key partners

Chad Boeckman, Corteva

Goats as a Vegetation Management Solution

Kelvin Limbrick, ComEd

Resilient Landscapes for Monarchs

Kristen Baum, Monarch Watch

Measuring the Impact of the Native Plant Movement

Sara Ressing, Wild Ones

Project Wingspan: Sowing success at the grass roots

Andy Grinstead, Pollinator Partnership

Growing Commercially Available Milkweed Rhizomes for Restoration

Julia Michaels, Hedgerow Farms/NativeSeed Group



State of the Science (Breakout Session #2)

Assessing Predation of Monarch Butterfly Larvae in Urban and Rural Landscapes Using Clay Caterpillar Models

Adam Baker, Davey Institute

Field Museum Monarch Community Science

Karen Klinger, Field Museum

Utility-Scale Solar and Pollinator Ecosystem Services

Heidi Hartmann, Argonne National Laboratory

Monarch Conservation Strategies for Texas Roadways: Monarch flight diverters

Robert Coulson et al., Texas A&M

Floral Forecasts: Predicting shifts in monarch nectar resources

Erin Posthumus, National Phenology Network (USA-NPN)

Climate and Habitat Change in Mexico and Texas

Jay Diffendorfer, USGS



Community Conservation Workshop (Breakout Session #2)

Sand County Foundation Pollinator Habitat School Grants Program

Haley Diem, Sand County Foundation

New Opportunities in Community Science

Aster Hasle, Field Museum

Xerces’s Community-Powered Monarch Initatives

Isis Howard, Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation

A Collaborative Strategy for Pollinator Conservation

Dave Hunter, Crown Bees



Panel Presentation: Measuring Success

Mowing for Monarchs: Building a business case at VDOT

Amy Golden, Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT)

Bee Better Electric: A national third-party verified program for pollinator-friendly energy projects

Jessica Fox, Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI)

Monarch Butterfly Business Plan and Measuring Success

Crystal Boyd, National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF)

AZA Monarch Safe: Engaging zoos and aquariums in monarch conservation

Alyssa Taylor, Monarch Joint Venture (MJV)

Ecological Restoration and 25 Years of MMRV

Ryan White, SnapLands




Panel Presentation: Cross-Sector Collaboration

Oil and Gas Rights-of-Way: A Route to Recovery

Amy Snelgrove, Texan by Nature

On-Farm Biodiversity: Digital tools and collaboration drive conservation in the agricultural landscape

Tim Fredericks, Bayer Crop Science

Cross-Sector Collaboration

Tony Tipton, Columbia Gas/NiSource

Conservation Wins Through Solar Synergy

Elsa Gallagher, Bee and Butterfly Habitat Fund



Pollinator Plantings on Agricultural Working Lands (Breakout Session #3)

Monarch Haven! Creating Habitat for a Thousand Monarchs from Bare Soil in a Sea of Corn and Beans

Jack Pizzo, The Pizzo Group

Texas Native Seeds: Developing commercially available native seed varieties

Anthony Falk, Texas Native Seeds

Seed a Legacy: Rooted in collaboration

Elsa Gallagher, Bee and Butterfly Habitat Fund

Pollinator Conservation on Agricultural Lands in California

Josette Lewis, Almond Board of California



Tech Innovations in Conservation (Breakout Session #3)

Feedbutterflies.com: A searchable nectar plant resource

Susan Dunlap, Aerulean Plant Identification Systems, Inc.

Evaluating the Use of eDNA to Detect Pollinators on Rights-of-Way

Ashley Bennett, EPRI

MJV Conservation Remote Sensing Program

Wendy Caldwell, MJV

Automation and Scale for Capturing for Capturing and Processing Remotely Sensed Data

Greg Emerick, Simple Business Automation

Remote Sensing Solutions: Quantifying monarch butterfly habitat in Transportation Right-of-Way

Erica Christiansen, Stantec

Multi-Seed Pellets for Pollinator Habitat Restoration (Updated 3/28/2024)

Sam Cloete, Kannar Earth Science, Ltd.



Other Presentations:

Revised Extinction Risk Assessment

Wayne Thogmartin, USGS