Next Chapter Meeting: Tyler Seiboldt – Monarchs and Milkweeds in Texas
Tuesday, February 23, 2016
Colony estimates at central Mexico overwintering sites indicate that monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus) populations have declined over the past two decades. Among the leading causes of this long-term trend are deforestation, climate change, and the loss of milkweed (Asclepiadaceae) host plants in the spring and summer breeding habitat in the United States.
Tyler Seiboldt, Associate Research Scientist IV at the University of Texas at San Antonio, has a Masters Degree in Environmental Science. He is the Project Manager for a research grant studying the monarch butterfly. The University of Texas at San Antonio is currently conducting monarch and milkweed research though a combination of roadside and site-specific surveys, greenhouse experiments, and field experiments. This project is working to determine the current status of native milkweeds in Texas, which host plants are preferred by monarchs, and the optimum growth requirements for native Texas milkweed.
While there is still so much research to be done in order to help save this amazing butterfly, the efforts of individuals at home and in the community can make just as big of an impact in helping the monarch remain in Texas for generations to come.
6:30 pm – Social time, plant exchange
7:00 pm – Meeting and program
Lions Field Adult Center
2809 Broadway (corner of Mulberry & Broadway by Brackenridge Park)
Map to Lions Field Adult Center
MARCH 12 – Save the Date!
Mark your calendar for our annual spring symposium on Saturday, March 12, at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center in Austin.
Speakers at the event this year will include Brandi Clark Burton of Austin EcoNetwork on Building an Environmental Community; Cathy Downs of our Bring Back the Monarch to Texas program; and Laura Zebehazy with Texas Parks and Wildlife. Additional speakers will be announced later.