The life cycle of the monarch, the best known butterfly species in the world, is closely tied to its amazing migration. Doug Taron will explore both the life cycle and the migration, discussing:
the butterfly’s behavior on its wintering grounds in Mexico,
efforts both in Mexico and Illinois to track population fluctuations,
conservation issues surrounding the monarch.
Learn what you can do from your own home to aid in conserving this iconic insect.
About the Presenter
Doug Taron is Chief Curator at Chicago Academy of Sciences’ Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum. Responsible for all living material in and on the grounds of the Museum, he manages the 2,700 square-foot Judy Istock Butterfly Haven. Taron also shares leadership in managing Bluff Spring Fen, a 95-acre Illinois State Nature Preserve in Cook County, Illinois. Since 1989, he has served as Director of the Illinois Butterfly Monitoring Network. Taron received a BA in Biology from Colby College in Waterville, Maine and a PhD from the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from Northwestern University.