Sweet Briar College is holding a celebration in honor of Lincoln Brower on Saturday, Sept. 8, at 3:00 p.m. The ceremony will be at their butterfly garden and will be followed by a reception at 4:00 p.m. in the library. If you wish to attend you can register at Dean’s Office’s web page. If you’re coming from out of town, you are welcome to have dinner with Linda Fink in the college dining hall. A wonderful tribute to remember our dear colleague!
We are sad to report the loss of our friend and longtime colleague Lincoln P. Brower. His contributions to monarch biology and conservation were enormous, and his legacy will live on through the many people who continue to work actively to conserve the remarkable migration of monarchs. On July 29 the TODAY show ran a short piece of Lincoln in their “Life Well Lived” segment which you can watch here. Dr. Chip Taylor, MBF Board member emeritus, wrote about Lincoln’s passing in his blog which also contains links to Lincoln’s obituaries in the New York Times and the Los Angeles Times. A video about Lincoln’s life, posted by Sweet Briar College, is available here as well as an article on his legacy.
Dr. Karen Oberhauser, MBF Board member, is giving a free lecture titled “Monarchs in a Changing World,” on Friday, August 10 at 6 pm in the Flammer Theater at The Wild Center in NY. The event is supported by AdkAction’s Adirondack Pollinator Project, in partnership with The Wild Center. For more information click here.
In honor of Dr. Lincoln Brower’s extraordinary dedication and commitment to monarch conservation, the Monarch Butterfly Fund has established the Lincoln P. Brower Award, an annual grant of $3,000 USD to support undergraduate or graduate students in research on the conservation of monarch butterflies and their habitats.
Dr. Brower began studying monarch butterflies in 1954 and dedicated his career to research on their biology and conservation. He became enthralled by monarch butterflies ever since his first encounter with them in Mexico and realized then that not only were they beautiful, but their spectacular migration was a gift from nature worth conserving. The Lincoln P. Brower grant will be awarded each year during the fall months to continue his commitment to monarch conservation.
This grant is made possible thanks to the generous contributions from our board members and supporters. If you would like to make a donation online, please go to the donation page or you can send a check to:
Monarch Butterfly Fund
c/o Karen Oberhauser
4013 Yuma Drive
Madison WI 53711
To ensure that your donation is credited to the Brower award please send an email to Karen Oberhauser (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Monica Missrie (email@example.com) indicating that you would like your contribution designated to the “Lincoln P. Brower Award” fund.
To apply please click on the Grant Application Form on our website and follow the guidelines adding a line stating that you are applying to the “Lincoln P. Brower Award” in the “Strategic Initiative” section. Details regarding this Award will be posted by September 1 each year and submissions will be due January 31. The final decision for the Lincoln P. Brower Award will be announced on May 1 annually.
According to Journey North Reports, monarchs are arriving at their breeding areas earlier than usual, leading us to predict that several generations will emerge this summer. Read all about the status of the migration, locations of sightings and more in Correo Real’s latest newsletter.
MBF Board member, Gail Morris was interviewed by NPR News and she discussed the downward trend in monarch populations and possible actions that all of us, as well as the federal government, can take to address the issue. To listen click here.
An unusual event is happening in Mexico. Usually by the end of March all the monarchs have dispersed from the overwintering sites and are on their way back to the United States. But the last week of March they found 30 trees still filled with monarchs! Scientists are asking many questions, all wondering why? Our board member, Dr. Isabel Ramirez says she has not seen this phenomena in twenty years of monitoring the area and Dr. Chip Taylor, member emeritus, said that the monarchs moved on later that day, but there is still some question about how successful they will be reaching the USA this late in the season with higher temperatures en route. Read about this event on the Journey North.
With funding from MBF, the Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve printed three large signs informing visitors to the butterfly colonies that the area that they are visiting is under restoration. These signs were placed in strategic areas in Sierra Chincua that were damaged by a storm in March, 2016 and where the Reserve is carrying out recovery and restoration work. Among the activities they are performing are reforestation, soil retention and perimeter fencing aimed at protecting the seedlings that were planted with the support of several institutions, ejidos and communities.
Pablo Jaramillo and Lincoln Brower collaborated with Rob Mackay from the University of Hull, U.K. to set up a live streaming of the sounds from the ecosystem of a monarch colony on Cerro Pelón. The sound is quite remarkable, and it is the first time that this has been accomplished in Mexico! You can hear the monarchs at: