Join Us at Green Drinks!
Milkweed Hunters - Saving the Monarch Butterflies of Florida
Scott Davis will be speaking to us about the
Monarch-Milkweed Initiative at St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge, a program
that sprang up in response to the federal initiative to “Save the Monarch!”
Monarchs are incredible creatures for many reasons. They make the longest migration of any
butterfly species (3,000+ miles!) from as far as southern Canada to southern
Mexico. They are important pollinator
species, and their decline is indicative of a problem spanning their entire
range. Some estimates range from 90-99%
decline since 1990. In order to bring
back healthy numbers of monarchs, we need to increase numbers of their host
plants, the milkweeds. Female monarchs
only lay eggs on milkweeds as it is the only source of food for caterpillars.
Scott will discuss the progress that St. Marks has made in conserving and
mapping native milkweed populations, the data from the 2016 fall migration, and
the goals for the initiative in 2017.
Scott is a busy biologist, with Ethnobotany among his
passions. He serves on several committees of the Florida Native Plant Society
and is chapter representative for the Magnolia (Tallahassee) Chapter. In
addition to his day job at St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge, he serves as
coordinator for the Milkweed-Monarch Conservation Initiative, board member for
the Friends of Wakulla Springs, and as a committee member for the FWC Great
Florida Birding Trail and Black Bear Stakeholders. He also owns a native plant
nursery and is an officer with Leon Trees Inc., a non-profit agency on urban
Green Drinks gatherings combine
an opportunity for conversation,
meeting others interested in sustainability,
and hearing an interesting speaker
on a sustainability topic.
Come at 5:30 to greet old friends and meet others who share an interest in sustainability. The program begins at 6:00.
Green Drinks is in the upstairs balcony area at GreenWise Market. Grab your drink and snack at the downstairs bar area, and take the elevator or stairs to join us in the balcony.
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