Don Davis has participated in numerous monarch-related conservation, educational, and scientific projects and initiatives, starting in1967 when he tagged monarchs with Dr. Fred Urquhart’s Insect Migration Association. Don has had a lifelong interest in natural history, while his career was focused for 40 years on child welfare and protection in Ontario.
Don has contributed to Journey North, Monarch Teacher Network Canada, and Monarch Watch since their inception, and submitted data to Project Monarch Health. He is a Life Member of Ontario Nature and Friends of Presqu’ile Park.
Travels related to monarch conservation and education have taken Don across North America. Don attended the 1997 North American Conference on the Monarch Butterfly in Morelia, Mexico, and subsequently joined delegates at workshops and meetings in held in Canada, U.S.A. and Mexico, culminating in the North American Monarch Conservation Plan (2008).
Don served on the committee developing the Canadian Monarch Butterfly Conservation Plan (2016),and is currently a member of the Monarch Recovery National Technical Committee. Don has advocated for monarchs at Council meetings of the Commission for Environmental Cooperation (Toronto, ON; Banff, AB; Yellowknife, NWT), and meetings of the Trilateral Committee for Wildlife and Ecosystem Conservation and Management (Quebec City, QC; San Diego, CA).
Don served with Board of Directors of Michoacán Reforestation Fund prior to the creation of Monarch Butterfly Fund in 2009. Don remains dedicated to achieving MBF’s Mission and Vision for monarchs in North America, noting that this is a very time-sensitive and crucial time for achieving success related to monarch conservation and protection. Don is retired and lives in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.