Location: Online webinar
Date & Time: Tuesday, February 26th, 2019 at 2 PM Eastern Time
Description: Have you heard about the steep decline in the Western monarch population? Are you wondering how you can help? This webinar will explore the citizen science effort that tracks the California overwintering monarch population and will discuss the results from this year’s Western Monarch Thanksgiving Count, a record low and a 99.4% decline.
Katie Hietala-Henschell, endangered species conservation biologist with the Xerces Society and co-coordinator of the WMTC, will go over the history of the WMTC, how it works and why it is important. Nick Stong, Programs Manager at the Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History and WMTC Regional Coordinator, will provide a case study and highlight his experience participating in the WMTC. Emma Pelton, western monarch lead, endangered species conservation biologist with the Xerces Society, and co-coordinator of the WMTC, will discuss the implications of the western monarch population size, quasi-extinction risks, and overwintering habitat conservation efforts.