MCAS Community Program - FEB 18th - Monarch Butterfly Conservation

Morro Coast Audubon Society 
Community Program

Monarch butterfly conservation:
not for the faint of heart 

Presented by Dr. Francis Villablanca

WHEN:  Monday, February 18th, 7 pm
WHERE:  SLO Botanical Garden Oak Glen Pavilion in El Chorro Regional Park

Western monarch butterflies seem to be suffering from multiple threats. To name a few, these include loss of habitat, pesticides, non-native milkweeds, and climate change. We will review the current population status of western monarchs and discuss how their threats may be impacting the population.

Dr. Francis Villablanca received his Ph.D. from the University of California Berkeley in 1992. He has been at Cal Poly since 1999, and has been the research advisor for Monarch Alert since Fall of 2010. Monarch Alert is a citizen-based research project backed by graduate student researchers and faculty from Cal Poly. They focus on the demography and population fluctuations of western monarch butterflies by sampling overwintering populations in San Luis Obispo and Monterey Counties.

All MCAS Community Programs are free and open to the public. As always, all ages are welcome.