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OE in Monarchs and What You Can Do to Reduce It – October 9

October 9, 2023 @ 6:45 pm 8:30 pm

Join us for an informative evening as we delve into the world of Ophryocystis elektroscirrha (OE) and its profound impact on our beloved Monarch butterflies. This talk by Linda and Greg Pearson will provide insights into OE, from its transmission and effects on Monarchs to practical steps we can take to mitigate its spread. Greg will also spend some time on how to propagate native milkweed, which is not only a Monarch’s lifeline but also a beautiful addition to your garden. Tips, techniques, and best practices will be shared to help you successfully grow milkweed in your own space.

About the Speakers

Hailing from Bloomington, Ill., Linda Pearson followed her academic pursuits at ASU and the University of Illinois, earning both a BS and an MS in chemistry. She’s not only a Master Gardener but also a dedicated member of the Native Plant Society.

Greg Pearson, originally from Denver, Colo., holds a BS and PhD in chemistry from the University of Northern Colorado and the University of Illinois, respectively. He’s an active member of the Native Plant Society and Chair of the chapter’s NICE Partners Program. Greg’s passion for Monarch butterflies is evident in his milkweed propagation workshops.

Together, Greg and Linda share a love for exploring new places and cultures. Their experience at the Monarch wintering grounds in Mexico sparked a profound interest in these magnificent creatures. Now, as advocates for Monarchs, they are committed to preserving their habitats and contributing to citizen science projects that monitor Monarchs. Their dedication and expertise make them invaluable assets to our community’s Monarch conservation efforts.

Register in advance for this meeting.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

This is a FREE EVENT, but please register to join the meeting and participate in the Q&A. This meeting may also be live streamed on our Facebook page.

Meetings are open to members and non-members. If you would like to become a member, you may join online. For more information about the Native Plant Society of Texas and the benefits of membership please visit:

Hosted by the Environmental Institute of Houston, University of Houston-Clear Lake