|Topic: Ecology and Conservation of Invertebrates
The Role of Elementary School Students and Citizen Scientists in Species Recovery.
The monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus plexippus) is a declining species that is being reviewed by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) for listing under federal Endangered Species Act. The listing decision is expected in July 2019.
Prior to the decision, the USFWS, environmental consultants, biologists, and land owners are working together on candidate species conservation agreements.
Citizen scientists are documenting monarch locations using iNaturalist.
Students at Carmel Del Mar Elementary School in northern San Diego, California are planting native plant/monarch gardens. The gardens are dominated with native narrow leaf milkweed (Asclepias fascicularis), native nectar plants including monkeyflower, black and white sage, and, and native wildlflowers including poppies, blue-eyed grass, owl's clover, and others.
The gardens are an opportunity to propagate monarchs and to teach the students to be the future stewards of the native local flora and fauna.