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The Monarch Butterfly Biology and Conservation

by Karen S. Oberhauser

The Monarch Butterfly Biology and Conservation Synopsis

The knowledge of citizen scientists, biologists, and naturalists informs this book's coverage of every aspect of the monarch butterfly's life cycle (breeding, migration, and overwintering) from the perspective of every established monarch population (western North American, eastern North American, and Australian). In addition to presenting the most recent basic research on this species, The Monarch Butterfly contains the first publication of data compiled from two established citizen science projects, Journey North and the Monarch Larva Monitoring Project. It also reports for the first time on two major events of long-term importance to monarch conservation and biology: the creation of a larger protected area in the Mexican overwintering sites and a weather-related mortality event during the winter of 2002.Monarch butterflies are arguably the most recognized, studied, and loved of all insects, and the attention that scientists and the general public have paid to this species has increased both our understanding of the natural world and our concern about preserving it. The unique combination of basic research, background information, and conservation applications makes this book a valuable resource for ecologists, entomologists, naturalists, and teachers.

The Monarch Butterfly Biology and Conservation Press Reviews

This accessible and highly current summary of monarch butterfly reproduction, migration, over-wintering, and conservation biology should be of interest to scientists, naturalists, and anyone who is simply curious about this elegant insect. The short research papers comprising the book provide a rich mix of information, ranging from basic biology to topical conservation and management issues. -Carol L. Boggs, Stanford University, editor of Butterflies: Ecology and Evolution Taking Flight This book succeeds not only in updating the current state of our knowledge about Monarchs and their fantastic migration, but also in showing how studies of Monarchs contribute to larger issues in contemporary biology, and how citizen scientists can be engaged in the process of scientific discovery. The commitment and hard work of these citizen scientists and the scientists who coach them makes clear the Monarch is the People's butterfly! -Ron Rutowski, butterfly behavioral ecologist, Arizona State University The world's best known and perhaps best studied butterfly species still holds some fascinating secrets. This delicate international treasure critically needs protection and the continued vigilance of professional researchers and members of the public. This book describes pressing issues regarding the ecology and conservation of the Monarch butterfly; it is valuable for aesthetic, social, political, and scientific reasons. -J. Mark Scriber, Professor of Entomology, Michigan State University, and author/editor of Swallowtail Butterflies: Their Ecology and Evolutionary Biology The Monarch Butterfly: Biology and Conservation is the most up-to-date and therefore essential word on our most beloved butterfly, the grand and endangered phenomenon of the migratory Monarch. Everyone who cares a whit for Monarchs should read these crucial, comprehensive, and fascinating messages from an amazing animal and the scientists who seek to save it. -Robert Michael Pyle, Ph.D., author of Chasing Monarchs: Migrating with the Butterflies of Passage, and founder of The Xerces Society The Monarch butterfly, with its beauty and unique migratory behavior, fascinates adults as well as children, nonbiologists as well as biologists. Although this book is about the biological observations and research presented at the Monarch Populations Dynamics Conference in Lawrence, KS, in 2001, it will appeal to anyone who is interested in biology. -American Entomologist, 2005 This book is aimed largely at an American audience and it will be interesting to learn how popular it has been with the general public. Having a national buttefly is wonderful way of bringing scientists and the public together to work for a common cause. Perhaps we might benefit from having a national butterfly in the U.K. -John Stewart, British Journal of Entomology and Natural History, 2005 The Monarch is the subject of much research, including a number of 'citizen science' projects. In this volume, the editors collect the latest information from researchers and gather it into four topics: breeding, migration, over-wintering, and integrated biology. This is a book for naturalists, ecologists, teachers, students, and those interested in the natural history and conservation of the Monarch. -Dan R. Kunkle, Wildlife Activist, No. 51, Autumn 2004 The Monarch has become an icon for conservation, and a symbol combining butterfly frailty with a prodigious migration befitting a raptor. But there is so much more to its biology, as Oberhauser and Solensky demonstrate. -Choice, January 2005 Where do North American monarch butterflies fly to each fall? Though millions watch their annual migrations, it was not until 1975 that the spectacular over wintering locality was discovered in the mountains of central Mexico. Since then, four international conferences have been held to formulate protection policies for over wintering monarchs; thousands of people have tagged, monitored, and studied monarchs to understand every aspect of their biology. Ecologists Oberhauser and Solensky . . . have assembled the results of those efforts into 27 chapters written by 46 authors. Covered is every facet of monarch breeding, migration, and over-wintering, as well as population modeling and management; the results of several important studies are being published here for the first time. The text is clearly written, and the mathematical formulas included in certain chapters are not essential to understanding the main ideas. The most up-to-date and comprehensive publication on monarch butterfly biology, this will be an important reference tool in high school and public libraries and for interested citizens and scientists. -Library Journal, July 2004

Book Information

ISBN: 9780801441882
Publication date: 27th May 2004
Author: Karen S. Oberhauser
Publisher: Comstock Publishing Associates an imprint of Cornell University Press
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 256 pages

About Karen S. Oberhauser

Karen S. Oberhauser is a Professor in the Department of Fisheries, Wildlife and Conservation Biology at the University of Minnesota. She is coeditor of The Monarch Butterfly: Biology and Conservation, also from Cornell.

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