A Monarch's View of the City: Urban Monarch Landscape Conservation Design

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Partners: US Fish and Wildlife Service, The Chicago Field Musuem (Keller Action Science Center), Chicago Wilderness, Landscapes Conservation Cooperatives, Wildlife Council
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Ongoing
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The monarch butterfly is in trouble - monarch butterfly habitat has declined throughout most of the United States. Population levels have also exhibited a long-term downward trend with empirical evidence suggesting that loss of habitat is a major factor amongst other threats in driving declines . Preliminary research results from the Monarch Conservation Science Partnership indicates that stabilizing monarch populations will require a "conservation strategy across all land types" - including urban areas. In an effort to connect people with nature in urban areas, the research aims to answer how best to conserve monarchs in urban areas along the monarchs's central flyway that connects it's over wintering sites in central Mexico to the landscapes of the Midwest. Within Chicago, how much and what are the types of potential habitat? How much of this is likely to be converted? And what are some strategies for increasing the overall amount of habitat?

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Other: 
  • News, NE CSC, "NE CSC Graduate Fellow Nigel Golden Engaged Urban Partners In Monarch Conservation", August 21, 2016
  • "Assessment of Monarch Butterfly Habitat and Productivity in Urban Spaces: Methods and Approaches" 76th Annual Midwest Fish and Wildlife Conference, Lincoln NE. Feb 7, 2017.
  • "The Northeast Climate Science Center: Improving the Way Climate Science Informs Resource Management" 76th Annual Midwest Fish and Wildlife Conference, Lincoln NE. Feb 7, 2017.