Recent research on western butterflies has highlighted the influences of climate change, pesticides, and other stressors in the decline of many butterfly species across our western landscapes. These declines are not limited to species with small ranges, but also include widespread species like the west coast lady (Vanessa annabella), ruddy copper (Tharsalea rubidus), and others. Join Kevin Burls, Xerces Endangered Species Conservation Advocate, as he highlights some of the butterfly species most at risk of decline in Utah, Arizona, New Mexico, and Colorado, based on a recent west-wide assessment by Xerces staff and collaborating scientists, and will discuss the best ways to conserve existing populations of these imperiled pollinators.
This webinar will be recorded and available on our YouTube channel. Closed Captioning will be available during this webinar.
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Endangered Species Conservation Advocate
As Conservation Advocate for the Endangered Species program, Kevin’s efforts with the Xerces Society focus on protecting the hundreds of butterfly species that inhabit deserts, forests, and grasslands across the western United States. Before working with the Xerces Society, Kevin was the Integrated Pest Management Educator for the University of Nevada, Reno Extension, with a focus on native pollinators and beneficial insects. In addition, Kevin and his wife co-founded the invertebrate science education nonprofit Nevada Bugs & Butterflies in Reno, Nevada in 2012. He holds a Ph.D. in Ecology, Evolution, and Conservation Biology from the University of Nevada, Reno.