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Monarch Watch 30-year Events
15-17 September 2022
Lawrence, Kansas

WELCOME! You are invited to join us in September to celebrate 30 years of Monarch Watch. Space is limited, so once you review all of the information on this page, please use the Ticketing & RSVP link below to reserve your place as soon as possible. Event registration will close when capacity is reached or at the latest, August 18th. Thank you!

Monarch Watch 30-year Event Ticketing & RSVP



5:30-10:00PM - Banquet & Program @ Abe & Jake's Landing ($60/person)
We will start with socializing/happy hour then have dinner followed by a short program about Monarch Watch's 30 years and finish the evening with more socializing :-) Price includes appetizers, dinner, dessert, two drink tickets, and program. Attire: Casual


9:00AM-2:00PM - Monarch Update Symposium & Box Lunch @ Monarch Watch ($15/person)
There will be an opportunity for brief tours of Monarch Watch facilities then we will move to a classroom for a mini-conference with various speakers giving monarch updates and other news (see "Monarch Update Symposium Topics" section below for details) then break for a box lunch followed by additional discussion. Price includes box luch (sandwich, side, dessert and drink) and symposium. Attire: Casual

4:30-7:00PM - Evening in the Garden @ Monarch Watch (Free event)
Monarch Watch staff and Douglas Co. Extension Master Gardeners will be available to answer questions as you explore Monarch Waystation #1. Refreshments will be provided. Attire: Casual


8:00AM-12:00PM - Monarch Tagging @ Baker Wetlands Discovery Center (Free event)
We will provide tags, nets, and instruction then send you out into the wetlands to tag some wild monarchs as they migrate through the area. The Baker Wetlands encompasses 927 acres of rich, natural wildlife and is one of the most diverse habitats in Kansas. Attire: Casual but additional consideration should be given for rugged and/or wet conditions in some areas


All events are taking place in Lawrence, Kansas on or around the University of Kansas campus. The nearest airport is Kansas City International (MCI) which is about a 50-mile drive from Lawrence. You will need to make arragements for transportation within Lawrence, as the greatest distance between event locations and hotels is about 6 miles.


The Kansas City International Airport is located at 1 International Square, Kansas City, MO 64153 and provides all of the information you need to get into and out of this ariport, including terminal maps, driving directions, car rentals and other services.

Explore Lawrence - the convention and visitors bureau of Lawrence, Kansas


Abe & Jake's Landing, 8 E 6th St, Lawrence, KS 66044

Monarch Watch, University of Kansas, 2021 Constant Ave, Lawrence, KS 66047

Baker Wetlands Discovery Center, 1365 N. 1250 Road, Lawrence, KS 66046


1. Mariott SpringHill Suites, Lawrence Downtown (Host Hotel*)
One Riverfront Plaza, Lawrence, Kansas 66044
(*located next door to Abe & Jake's Landing)
Rate: $132/night
Book by: 8/14/2022
Rate available: 9/14/2022 to 9/18/2022
Cancellation Policy: 72 hours
Booking: SpringHill link for Monarch Watch rate

2. Marriott TownePlace Suites, Lawrence Downtown
900 New Hampshire Street, Lawrence, Kansas 66044
Rate: $117/night
Book by: 8/24/2022
Rate available: 9/14/2022 to 9/18/2022
Cancellation Policy: up to 11:59p the day prior to arrival
Booking: TownePlace link for Monarch Watch rate

3. Eldridge Hotel, Lawrence Downtown
701 Massachusetts, Lawrence, KS 66044
Rate: $125/night (Thursday); $199/night (Friday & Saturday)
Book by: 8/14/2022
Rate available: 9/14/2022 to 9/18/2022
Cancellation Policy: 48 hours
Booking: Must call 785-749-5011 to book rooms at special Monarch Watch rate.
Additional info:


Space is limited, so please use this link to reserve your place as soon as possible:

Monarch Watch 30-year Event Ticketing & RSVP


As part of the Monarch Watch 30-year anniversary celebration, we will host a mini symposium from approximately 10AM to 2PM on FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 2022. There will be the usual breaks in the talks and, as mentioned above, a box lunch available for those who have registered for the event. We have reserved a room that seats 100 and registration ($15) is open to anyone with an interest. Please use the "Monarch Watch 30-year Event Ticketing & RSVP" links above to reserve your place.

Many such events focus only on current research. In this case, we are planning an event open to a broader range of topics along with discussions about what's next.


We will start with a series of short (10 min) research reports. These talks will be followed by a discussion centered on two questions: First, what do we need to know about monarchs and their interactions with the environment to sustain the monarch migration and second, are habitat restoration efforts effective and are they sufficient in scale to compensate for annual losses?

Outreach and Restoration

In this section, we will hear reports about outreach efforts and restoration projects with a focus on what works and what doesn't. In the discussion that follows, we will consider next steps. It's clear that to sustain the monarch migration, we have to gain more support from the public, foundations, businesses, corporations as well as state and federal agencies. To gain more support, we need to reach out more effectively, but how? What is the best strategy moving forward?


The last session, and perhaps the most important one, will focus on monarchs in the future. The recent designation by the IUCN of monarchs as an endangered species is a reminder that there is a strong possibility that the Fish and Wildlife Service will follow suit with a similar designation in 2024. If not then, perhaps later, but such a designation is likely in the near future, and we should be prepared. Such a decision will affect research, outreach, landowners, conservation efforts and access to monarchs at every level. We will preview the possible impacts and discuss how they might be addressed. We will also identify variances to the usual regulations that might be allowed or that we might have to seek, etc.

Lastly, we are all about education and in that spirit, we will encourage questions from the audience throughout this session. For my part, I will have a lot of questions and I'm going to expect you to have a lot of answers. ~Chip


There will be lots of things going on in Lawrence in September and we will provide details here as soon as possible.


raven logoBusiness/Organization: The Raven Book Store
Contact: Danny Caine
Phone: 785-749-3300
Event title: Sara Dykman: Bicycling With Butterflies
Location: The Raven
Address: 809 Massachusetts St, Lawrence, KS 66044
Date: 9-17-2022
Start time: 7:00 PM
End time: 8:00 PM
Pre-registration required? No, but face masks and proof of Covid-19 vaccination required for entry and capacity is capped at 50
General or event url:


nhm logoBusiness/Organization: KU Natural History Museum
Contact: Eleanor Gardner
Phone: 785-864-2380
Event Title: Pop Up Science: Marvelous Monarchs
Event Description: Join us for Pop Up Science, a fun family-oriented program. Each month, visitors are invited to try themed hands-on science learning activities in a museum gallery. This month, learn about marvelous monarch butterflies -- including an experiment that models how monarchs travel using thermal air masses!
Location: KU Natural History Museum
Address: 1345 Jayhawk Blvd, Lawrence KS 66045
Date: 9-18-2022
Start Time: 12:00 PM
End Time: 1:30 PM
Pre-registration Required? No
General or Event URL:


The following community partners are hosting events, contributing money or services, or otherwise raising awareness about monarchs and Monarch Watch during our month-long celebration. Thank you!

raven logo nhm logo


We are always looking for monarch photos, videos, stories and more for use on our website, on our social media accounts, in our publications, and as a part of other promotional and educational items we distribute online and offline to promote monarch conservation and Monarch Watch.

To help us celebrate this year, we'd like you to send us your favorites! We will display some of them at the events and share them via our social media accounts and on our website as well.

For photos, we prefer the original image resolution and file size to give us the greatest flexibility in using them.

By using any method below to submit materials to Monarch Watch you affirm the following:

With my submission, I allow Monarch Watch to distribute, display, remix, adapt, or build upon submitted materials in any medium or format for commercial or noncommercial use, in support of the program. I understand that I will not be compensated in exchange for the use of my materials.

I certify that all submitted materials are my original work and if copyrighted I am the sole copyright owner. I also attest to have consent of anyone clearly depicted in images and agree to provide proof of consent upon request.

I agree that Monarch Watch may use my email address to contact me about my submitted materials.

Please use any of the following methods to send us your photos, videos, stories, and more!

1. Main submission form

This is the form we prefer you use as it is the most comprehensive and allows you to provide complete information.

2. Quick uploader for photos and videos

Note that this method does not allow you to include contact or other information.

3. If you have issues using either of the tools above you may also email your submission to us at but please include everything we ask for on the main form by copying/pasting the information below into your email message (or use it as a guide).

Email address:
Do you want to be credited when we use your materials, when feasible?
Name as you would like it to appear in credit:
Description of materials or other comments (for photos and videos this should include an approximate date of capture and location):

Thank you for your interest in sharing with us!


If you enjoy the various educational, conservation, and research programs Monarch Watch offers throughout the year, please consider making a donation today - it's quick, easy, secure, and fully tax-deductible. You can even set up a recurring gift (monthly or annually) if you'd like. We rely on contributions from Monarch Watchers just like you to keep the program going - thank you for your continued support!


If you would rather mail in a donation or have questions, please visit Giving in Support of Monarch Watch.

Photo credit: "Monarch butterfly on flower" by Joshua J. Cotten via Unsplash.