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Partnerships for Monarch

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Partnerships for Monarch

  1. 1. The Nation’s Leading Voice for Private Land Conservation
  2. 2. Distribution of Monarchs USA
  3. 3. Monarchs Depend on Milkweed
  4. 4. Intensification to Row Crops Source UW 2008-12
  5. 5. Opportunities within electric transmission ROWs
  6. 6. ? • Decline has been from loss of habitat in the USA • Recovery needs to focus on first and second generation breeding – Texas & Oklahoma – Corn Belt • We need 600 Million + additional stems of milkweed distributed in breeding area • The only way to reach this scale is to work with mainstream agriculture to provide habitat What is Required to Recover Monarchs
  7. 7. What Is Required For Sufficient Reproduction to Recover? Pollinator Patches • Small distributed patches of milkweed and nectar plants • Easy for farmers to establish • Outside of production lands • Scale up to landscape level
  8. 8. Power of Partnerships
  9. 9. Alex Echols • echols@conrod.com • Sandcountyfoundation.org

Editor's Notes

  • Orange butterfly – hardly the camouflage we expect for delicate creatures
    Orange because they are poison to most predators
    Only lay eggs on milkweed
  • Numbers declined by > 90%
    Truly AWESOME – a phrase I reserve for powers like God or the ocean
    3000 mile plus annual migration for an insect
    50% of those returning to Mexico come from corn belt
  • Source: University of Wisconsin: Cropland expansion outpaces agricultural and biofuel policies in the United States
    Tyler J Lark1, J Meghan Salmon1 and Holly K Gibbs1,2
    Nationwide, over 7.3 million acres of land — mostly grasslands — were converted to crop production 2008-2012, with clear “hotspots” of change located across the U.S.
  • There are over 10 million acres in private ROW in the core area – gas, electric, railroad

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