As part of ongoing monarch conservation efforts, regional, state, and national stakeholders came together for the Texas Monarch Summit held at McKinney Roughs Nature Park on November 1-2. The summit featured an update on the South-Central Monarch Project, a panel discussion of US Fish and Wildlife Service’s Species Status assessment, and an overview of the development of the monarch conservation database. Working groups during the summit focused on topics to develop a quantitative monarch conservation plan for Texas. This conservation plan, once completed, will be a roadmap toward achieving collective goals for recovery of the monarch butterfly in Texas.
The Monarch Joint Venture (MJV) also hosted their annual meeting in San Antonio, Texas on November 8-9. Partners to the MJV presented briefings on current research and conservation projects and facilitated breakout sessions were held to discuss education, habitat needs, and research—the three focus areas of the MJV. The information shared over the two days fostered ideas for conservation efforts and identified potential partnerships to leverage current and future recovery efforts.
In addition, the Texas Comptroller’s Office held a meeting on November 9 to inform stakeholders on monarch research and recovery activities funded by their office. Current data gaps identified by Texan by Nature and other conservation partners will be filled over the next funding cycle.