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Event: 'MLMP Training, TX'

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Date: Friday, May 03, 2013 At 09:00
Duration: 7 Hours
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May 3 – Monarch Biology, Ecology and Monarch Larval Monitoring Project Training :

“The MLMP @ CNC Back Porch Review”

Master Naturalists Kip Kiphart & Cathy Downs will host a training session for the Monarch Larval Monitoring Project. This workshop will cover Monarch Biology and Life Cycle, Milkweed Ecology, Monarch Migration, and citizen science projects to monitor monarchs. Participants will visit the CNC's milkweed patch to monitor for monarch larvae. Training is approved for credit for Master Naturalists. Live butterflies and caterpillars will be on display.

Presenter: Kip Kiphart, & Cathy Downs

Location: CNC Auditorium, CNC Back Porch

Time: 9am – 4pm

Cost: Suggested Donation $10

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Monarch Biology, Ecology, and Research Agenda

Friday, May 3: 9am – 4pm

9 – 9:15am Introduction & Pre-Survey – Ben Eldredge, CNC Education Director

9:15 - 9:45am Ecology, Migration & Threats (Kip)

Ecological Introduction to butterflies

Monarch Migration

Current & Future Threats to Monarchs

9:45 - 10:45am Hands on Monarchs (Cathy)

Monarch Biology with Live Specimens 

10:45 - 11:00am BREAK

11:00am - 12:00pm Monarchs, Milkweed & MLMP (Kip)

Life Cycle

Milkweed Ecology


Research Update

LUNCH 45 MINUTES (provided by CNC)

12:45 – 1:10pm Monarch Watch, Bringing Back the Monarchs to Texas (Cathy)

1:10 – 1:25 Journey North (Kip)

1:25 – 1:40 MLMP Online Data Entry (Kip)

1:40 – 1:50 BREAK

1:50 – 3:45 Monarch Larval Monitoring Field Work: Monarch Density, Milkweed Density (Kip, Cathy & MLMP Volunteers)

3:45 – 4pm Wrap Up & Post-Survey (Back Porch)

Kip Kiphart is a retired Cardio-Vascular Surgeon, Texas Master Naturalists since 1998, became a Monarch Larval Monitoring trainer in 2002 and became a Monarch Watch Conservation Specialist in 2011. He founded and oversees the MLMP citizen science research at the Cibolo Nature Center.

Cathy Downs is a Texas Master Naturalist, NABA butterfly count leader, experienced Monarch Larval Monitoring Trainer, and became a Monarch Watch Conservation Specialist in 2012.

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