Florida Museum to host national butterfly conservation workshop

October 12th, 2009

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The Florida Museum of Natural History will host a workshop of 25 participants from across the country in the Imperiled Butterfly Conservation and Management program Oct. 27-30.

The program educates professionals from natural history museums, zoos and botanical gardens about butterfly conservation and recovery strategies. The workshop is the second in a series of five programs over two years that include intensive laboratory and field training sessions. Participants will work side-by-side with staff from the Florida Museum and other partner organizations.

“We are extremely excited about the tremendous diversity of program participants and institutions,” said Jaret Daniels, assistant curator of Lepidoptera for the Florida Museum McGuire Center of Lepidoptera and Biodiversity and one of the workshop leaders. “The corresponding synergy will go a long way to help strengthen imperiled butterfly conservation and awareness efforts nationwide.”

The program is providing scholarships for attendees, which allows participation from a variety of small and large institutions. The Imperiled Butterfly Conservation and Management program is a partnership between the Florida Museum, Chicago Academy of Sciences’, Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum (Chicago), Oregon Zoo, Toledo Zoo, Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden (Miami), the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, and the Butterfly Conservation Initiative, a coalition of state and federal organizations based at the Florida Museum working to preserve North American butterflies and their habitats.

Each workshop is being held at a partner organization with an established butterfly conservation or reintroduction program.

Workshop participants will learn about the Florida Museum Miami Blue project, aimed at reestablishing populations of the endangered butterfly in previous native ranges in south Florida. The first workshop was held July 13-16 at the Toledo Zoo. The remaining workshops are planned for March 22-25, 2010, at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden; June 24-27, 2010, at the Oregon Zoo; and June 20-24, 2011, at the Chicago Academy of Sciences.

For more information call 352-846-2000 or visit www.flmnh.ufl.edu.

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Source: Jaret Daniels, 352-273-2022, jdaniels@flmnh.ufl.edu
Writer: Morgan Lamborn
Media contact: Paul Ramey, 352-273-2054, pramey@flmnh.ufl.edu