260 pages, 25 colour & 20 b/w illustrations, 10 colour tables
Impacts from habitat loss and fragmentation, invasive species, and climate change continue to accelerate the rate of biodiversity loss and necessitate increased and often aggressive conservation action. Zoos, natural history museums, botanical gardens, and state and federal wildlife agencies are progressively focusing on insects, particularly charismatic groups such as butterflies and pollinators, to help advance local conservation efforts and foster increased environmental stewardship, science literacy and community engagement. However, insufficient experience and familiarity with insects prevent staff and institutions from adequately planning, implementing and evaluating conservation activities. The history of at-risk butterfly conservation and recovery efforts are discussed along with current trends and directions.
- Butterfly Recovery Planning: Determining How to Contribute - Jaret C. Daniels, Mitch Magdich and Peter Tolson
- The Role of AZA-Accredited Zoos and Aquariums in Butterfly Conservation - Shelly Grow, Ruth Allard and Debborah Luke
- Butterfly Monitoring for Conservation - Doug Taron and Leslie Reis
- Developing a Rare Butterfly Database for Conservation Purposes: An Example in Florida Using Citizen Scientists - Dean Jue
- Butterfly Conservation Genetics - Emily Saarinen
- Managing Land for Butterflies - Doug Taron
- The Imperiled Mardon Skipper Butterfly: An Initial
- Conservation Success - Rich Hatfield, Scott Hoffman Black and Sarina Jepsen
- Habitat Restoration as a Recovery Tool for a Disturbance-dependent Butterfly, The Endangered
- St. Francis’ Satyr - Heather Clayton, Nick M. Haddad, Brian Ball, Erica Henry and Erik Aschehong
- Butterflies are Not Grizzly Bears: Lepidoptera Conservation in Practice in California - Travis Longcore and Kendall H. Osborne
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Jaret C. Daniels, Ph.D. Assistant Director of Exhibits and Public Programs Assistant Curator of Lepidoptera IFAS Assistant Professor of Entomology at Florida Museum of Natural History, University of Florida. For a bit of background, the proposed book was born out of a larger conservation program I have been running called Imperiled Butterfly Conservation and Management. The proposed book serves as a detailed and augmented proceeding of the 3-year program. Imperiled Butterfly Conservation and Management (IBCM) is an intensive cross-training program designed to strengthen the capacity of institutions and their staff to play a strategic role in the emergent and increasingly important field of insect conservation biology, with a targeted focus on imperiled butterfly recovery. Zoos, natural history museums, botanical gardens and state and federal wildlife agencies are progressively focusing on insects, particularly charismatic groups such as butterflies and pollinators, to help advance local conservation efforts and foster increased environmental stewardship, science literacy and community engagement. However, insufficient experience and familiarity with insects prevent staff and institutions from adequately planning, implementing and evaluating conservation activities. The three-year IBCM program directly addresses this critical gap by focusing on institutional and staff development. The program was led by the Florida Museum of Natural History's McGuire Center for Lepidoptera and Biodiversity at the University of Florida and the Butterfly Conservation Initiative. IBCM is a broad partnership that also involves the Chicago Academy of Sciences' Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum; the Oregon Zoo in Portland, OR; the Toledo Zoo in Toledo, Ohio; Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden in Miami, FL; the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) in Silver Spring, MD and the University of Florida IFAS Department of Entomology and Nematology. IBCM was funded by a grant from Institute of Museum and Library Services 21st Century Museum professionals program.