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U of M to host international Monarch Biology and Conservation Meeting

University of Minnesota Monarch Lab will bring together biologists, scientists and conservationists representing five countries for two-and-a-half day symposium

Media Note: For interviews with Karen Oberhauser, director of the U of M Monarch Lab and associate professor in the Department of Fisheries, Wildlife and Conservation Biology, please contact Becky Beyers at (612) 626-5754 or bbeyers@umn.edu.

What: 2012 Monarch Biology and Conservation Meeting
When: Thursday, June 21 through Saturday, June 23
Where: Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, 3675 Arboretum Drive, Chaska

Contacts: Matt Hodson, University News Service, mjhodson@umn.edu, (612) 625-0552
Becky Beyers, College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences, bbeyers@umn.edu, (612) 626-5754
Barb DeGroot, Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, degro035@umn.edu, (952) 443-1459

June 20, 2012

Nearly 200 attendees from the United States, Australia, Canada, Mexico and Spain will take part in the 2012 Monarch Biology and Conservation Meeting, hosted by the University of Minnesota Monarch Lab from Thursday, June 21 through Saturday, June 23. The meeting will be held at the university’s Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, 3675 Arboretum Drive, Chaska.

This international symposium will provide monarch biologists, agency land managers, monarch conservationists, citizen scientists and others interested in monarch biology and conservation the opportunity to share new information on monarch population trends, new findings in monarch biology and successful monarch conservation efforts.

Congresswoman Betty McCollum will deliver the welcoming address prior to the Friday, June 22 session.

Friday evening’s keynote address will be given by Lincoln Pierson Brower, Distinguished Service Professor of Zoology, Emeritus at the University of Florida. He is recipient of the Wilbur Cross Medal from Yale University, the Medal for Zoology from the Linnean Society of London, a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Animal Behavior Society and the Henry Bates Award for the Biology and Conservation of Tropical Butterflies.

The 2012 Monarch Biology and Conservation Meeting is sponsored by the Monarch Joint Venture (MJV), a partnership of federal and state agencies, non-governmental organizations and academic programs working together to support and coordinate efforts to protect monarch breeding and migratory habitat across the lower 48 United States. The MJV is committed to a science-based approach to monarch conservation work.

For more information on the meeting, including a complete agenda, visit www.monarchlab.org/mn2012.

The University of Minnesota Monarch Lab is housed within the Department of Fisheries, Wildlife and Conservation Biology in the university’s College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences (CFANS). It hosts four programs: Monarchs in the Classroom, MonarchLab, Monarch Larva Monitoring Project and Schoolyard Ecology Explorations. For more information, visit www.monarchlab.org.

The University of Minnesota Landscape Arboretum is part of the Department of Horticultural Science within CFANS. Its mission is to provide a community and national resource for horticultural and environmental information, research and public education; to develop and evaluate plants and horticultural practices for cold climates; and to inspire and delight all visitors with quality plants in well-designed and maintained displays, collections, model landscapes, and conservation areas. For more information, visit: www.arboretum.umn.edu.

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