The monarch butterfly is an icon of our planet’s biodiversity. Take Flight! is an Earth Day story uniting the shared journeys of the monarch butterfly and our cross-boundary conservation efforts from Ohio to Mexico, including through traditional lands of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation and other Tribal Nations. While the monarch's population in Ohio and globally borders on extinction, this program will focus on the many solutions to restore monarch habitat and give tangible resources for all to contribute, including landscape planning by public and private landowners. Join this program on the eve of the 51st Earth Day to acknowledge and celebrate the many local and global efforts underfoot to protect the monarch butterfly.
5:55 p.m. Waiting room opens.
6:00 p.m. Welcome to Take Flight! Bruce McPheron (The Ohio State University Executive Vice President and Provost), Cathann Kress (Vice President for Agricultural Administration and Dean of the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences) and Jeff Sharp (Director of the School of Environment and Natural Resources)
6:10 p.m. Rebecca Spach (director of vegetation management, FirstEnergy) and Gabe Karns, Ph.D. (visiting assistant professor, School of Environment and Natural Resources, The Ohio State University)
6:30 p.m. Jane Breckinridge (director, Euchee Butterfly Farm, an enrolled citizen of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation) and Doug Tallamy, PhD. (professor, Department of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology, University of Delaware, New York Times bestselling author)
This segment will include an interactive live Question & Answer session between program attendees and Dr. Tallamy, Ms. Breckinridge, Ms. Spach and Dr. Karns.
7:15 p.m. Concluding remarks by Dr. Sharp and Jennifer Thieme (regional monitoring coordinator, Monarch Joint Venture)