Presented by: U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service; Klamath Falls Office
Come learn about basic biology of monarch butterflies, their recent declines in population, what is being done locally, and what you can do to make a positive difference.
Tom Landis, is a Forester who retired after 30 years of working as a nursery specialist for the U.S. Forest Service. With the changing from commerical forestry to ecosystem management, Tom became more interested in propagating all types of native plants for restoration purposes. On moving to the Rogue Valley, he saw a few monarch butterflies each year and just concluded that they were not common. When he found out that the western monarch populations had crashed, he decided to use his nursery training to propagate milkweeds and other nectar plants to bring monarchs back to Southern Oregon.
Jacky Friedman, is a home school parent, nursery specialist and community volunteer extradrdinaire and has been working on the propagation of milkweed for monarchs.
Akimi King, is a Fish and Wildlife Biologist with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and has caught "Monarch Fever". She has been working with schools and community partners to create pollinator gardens and improve monarch habitat in Southern Oregon and California.