Location: Upstairs Conference Room of the Udall Building, 725 Camino Lejo, Santa Fe, NM 87505
Cost: $10 Member/$15 Not-yet-Member
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Come to the Botanical Garden to learn more about monarch biology, their annual migration cycle, essential resources for optimal migration and breeding, and nectar filled plants that benefit these butterflies. You will see photos and movies of the biosphere preserve that highlight the threats to monarchs, activities to restore its populations, and their current status. We will conclude this information packed lecture with an overview of the monitoring project at the Leonora Curtin Cienega. The powerpoint lecture will be available for all registrants for download from the speaker’s dropbox folder after the session.
About your Instructor: Joseph Morton was a professor of Microbiology and Genetics at West Virginia University for 37 years. He curated the only living world collection of arbuscular endomycorrhizal fungi for 26 years (funded by the National Science Foundation). Morton published 94 articles/ reviews/book chapters, and consultant for 26 companies/institutes. He taught 14 workshops on fungi in the U.S. and 6 other countries; 45 invited lectures covering a wide range of topics, as well as developed an introductory genetics course (elective) and taught an introductory plant pathology course for 37 years. Morton visited the Monarch Biosphere Reserve near Michoacán, Mexico in 2014, which inspired a series of talks to Master Naturalists, Master Gardeners, and the public in 2015 and 2016. Together with wife and Steve Cary, Morton developed and implemented a monarch monitoring program at Leonora Curtin Wetland in 2018.