Virtual Panel Discussion | How to Plant With a Purpose
This is an opportunity to deepen your understanding of the interdependence between humans and pollinators and learn how you can make a positive impact on monarch butterflies, through mindful planting. Discover the fascinating world of monarch butterflies' dietary needs. This panel discussion brings together four monarchs and community science experts from across the U.S. for deep dive into the short and long-term harms of tropical milkweed, especially for the migratory monarch butterfly.
Check the captivating Virtual Panel Discussion held on June 12, featuring four distinguished monarch and community science experts from across the U.S. This panel discussion "Supporting Picky Eaters in your Native Habitat—How to Plant with a Purpose," aims to deepen your understanding of the intricate relationship between humans and pollinators while empowering you to make a positive impact on monarch butterflies through thoughtful planting. Our panelists, who have dedicated their careers to monarch butterfly conservation, research, and advocacy, will also shed light on the short and long-term risks associated with the use of tropical milkweed, with a specific focus on its detrimental effects on migratory monarch butterflies. Their collective knowledge is sure to leave you inspired, informed, and with the tools needed to create native habitats in your community.
Rebeca Quiñonez-Piñón: National Wildlife Federation's Senior Manager of Climate-Resilient Habitats and Monarch Recovery Strategist. With almost a decade of experience in monarch butterfly conservation and habitat restoration, Rebeca now leads the creation of a Federation-wide, science-based monarch conservation strategy.
Stephanie Frischie, Ph.D.: Agronomist and Native Plant Materials Specialist at The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation.Stephanie brings her expertise in plant ecology and ecological restoration, focusing on native plant materials and the native seed supply chain.
Amanda Barth: Rare Insect Conservation Coordinator for Utah State University.Amanda leads Utah's Rare Insect Conservation Program and has been instrumental in developing a community science project to collect observation data for monarch butterflies and other at-risk pollinators.
Christine Anastas: Texas Master Naturalist, Master Gardener, and active member of the Native Plant Society of Texas. Christine has been deeply involved in growing native milkweed plants and monarch citizen science projects since 2012.