At the invitation of the Rochester, N.Y., office of The Nature Conservancy, William R. Kenan Professor of Biology Emeritus Ernest Williams recently presented “What's Happening to Monarchs?” at the Jewish Community Center in Brighton, N.Y. The event was sponsored jointly by the Rochester Butterfly Club and local Nature Conservancy office.
Williams has studied butterflies for many years and has advocated for protection of the monarch’s overwintering grounds in the forests of Mexico. He discussed the migration and habitat needs of monarchs. He also explored trends and controversies about the butterfly’s abundance, and conservation initiatives underway to counter their long-term decline.