Conservation Partners connecting working lands conservation from the Gulf of Mexico to the High Plains with the vision of a sustainable landscape of natural resources resilient to the threats and stressors associated with our changing world.

(903) 570-9626
Conservation Coordinator 

    Monarch butterflies

    Monarch butterflies
    U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Monarch-pollinator monitoring, tracking and evaluation of grassland habitat and management practices in the southern Great Plains

Formal Title: Monarch-pollinator monitoring, tracking and evaluation of grassland habitat and management practices in the southern Great Plains

Research Focus:

Conservation & Management Challenges:

The decline in the monarch butterfly has led to it being considered for listing under the Endangered Species Act. Declines in managed and native bees have also been documented, leading to increased concerns about bee populations and communities, as well as the availability of pollination services for crops and native plants. Similar factors have been identified in the decline of monarchs, native bees, and other pollinators, including habitat fragmentation, loss, and degradation (including milkweed loss for monarchs), and disease/predation, as well as climate change, weather extremes, invasive species, and pesticides (e.g., Potts et al. 2010). The southern Great Plains has been identified as critical for conservation efforts for monarchs and other pollinators, and much of the habitat identified in this region for pollinator conservation consists of grasslands. With the extensive loss and fragmentation of native grasslands, managed grasslands are becoming increasingly important for supporting conservation efforts. Managed grasslands have the potential to provide floral resources for monarchs and other pollinators, as well as host plants (milkweeds) for monarchs and nest sites (e.g., undisturbed soil, woody or pithy stems, tree cavities) for native bees. However, few baseline data exist for this region, making it challenging to assess the value of ongoing conservation efforts for monarchs and other pollinators.

Research Overview:

This project will provide baseline data for assessing the contribution of grassland management practices for supporting monarch/pollinator habitat and to contribute in support of the National Monarch Monitoring Protocol (MMP) and other actions as developed by mutual agreement between the principal investigator and the designated Technical Review Team (TRT) for this project.  Specifically, the project will:

Results:

Datasets and project records available on Sciencebase: https://www.sciencebase.gov/catalog/item/5970027ce4b0d1f9f0646300

Status:

This is a 2-year project scheduled for completion in March 2019.  The Gulf Coast Prairie Landscape Conservation Cooperative is funding this project.

Contacts:

Principal Investigator:  Dr. Kristen A. Baum, Associate Professor, Department of Integrative Biology, Oklahoma State University, 501 Life Sciences West, Stillwater, OK 74078; 405-744-7424 (office); kristen.baum@okstate.edu.

 

Landscape Conservation Cooperative Point-of-Contact: Bill Bartush, Gulf Coast Prairie Landscape Conservation Cooperative, National Wetlands Research Center, 700 Cajundome Boulevard, Lafayette, LA 70506  

« Back to Science Projects