Photo: The Xerces Society/Candace Fallon


Friday, July 7, 2017 from 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm MDT
Saturday, July 8, 2017 from 8:00 am -  1:00 pm MDT

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Where (Friday)

IDFG Headquarters - Trophy Room
600 South Walnut
Boise, ID 83712

Driving Directions 


Free parking is available in the MK Nature Center parking lot next door. 

Where (Saturday)

Montour Wildlife Managment Area 
Montour Road
Emmett, ID 83617  

Transportation will be provided to Montour Wildlife Management Area. Please meet in front of the MK Nature Center (next to the IDFG headquarters where the classroom session will be held) at 8:00 am Saturday morning to board the bus and travel to the field site. 

Link to map of Montour WMA

Additional Information

  • We anticipate a hot day in the field. Sunscreen,  hiking shoes, hat, sunglasses, insect repellent, etc. are recommended for the field session on Saturday morning.
  • There is no cost for the workshop, however pre-registration is required and space is limited.
  • Please bring snacks and a bag lunch. Water and other beverages will be provided. Lunch will be eaten on the bus ride back to Boise.


Registration Contact                                                   Katie Hietala-Henschell  
The Xerces Society 

Workshop Instructor
Candace Fallon 
The Xerces Society 

Idaho Fish & Game Contact
Beth Waterbury
Salmon Region Wildlife Biologist


Citizen Science Workshop: Monarchs and Milkweeds in the West

Idaho department of fish and game (IDFG) Headquarters in the trophy room
Boise, Idaho
Friday, July 7th, 2017
6:00 pm - 8:30 pm MDT 

montour Wildlife management area
Emmett, Idaho
Saturday, July 8th, 2017
8:00 am - 1:00 pm MDT


Join The Xerces Society and the Idaho Department of Fish and Game for a workshop to learn more about western monarchs and milkweed and how you can get involved in current conservation efforts.

Workshop Information

Workshop topics will include: basics of the monarch life cycle and migration, population trends, and conservation issues. Learn about milkweed and monarch monitoring tools, what we currently know about monarchs in the West, and recently initiated efforts to address knowledge gaps, including IDFG's survey efforts. Workshop instructors will discuss and demo the new Western Monarch Milkweed Mapper, a citizen science project to track milkweeds and monarchs across the West, and connect participants to ongoing research and conservation efforts in the state. There will also be a special segment on gardening for monarchs.

The workshop will take place over two days: an evening classroom session on Friday and a field component on Saturday. During the field component we will search milkweed patches for adult and immature monarchs, practice data collection, and tie in lessons learned from the Friday night info session. 



Candace Fallon, Senior Conservation Biologist, The Xerces Society

Candace is a Conservation Biologist with the Xerces Society’s Endangered Species Program, where she focuses on the conservation of rare and declining invertebrates in the western U.S. Since 2012, she has spearheaded numerous monarch conservation projects, including providing training and educational workshops for volunteers and agency biologists, monitoring over 100 California overwintering sites, and developing regional monarch nectar plant guides for the continental U.S. Most recently, she led the development of a new citizen science website, the Western Monarch Milkweed Mapper, to collect milkweed and monarch observations throughout the West. Candace is a coauthor of the Xerces Society’s book Gardening for Butterflies: How You Can Attract and Protect Beautiful, Beneficial Insects.


Beth Waterbury, Wildlife Diversity Biologist, ID Dept. Fish and Game 

Beth is the Wildlife Diversity Biologist for the Salmon Region of IDFG. She has worked on Idaho Species of Greatest Conservation Need since 2002, and has 32 years of experience with the state fish and wildlife agencies of Idaho, Oregon, and California as a habitat and wildlife biologist. Beth is IDFG project lead for a statewide survey of milkweed and monarch butterflies begun in 2016 and continuing in 2017.


Lynn Kinter, Ph.D., Lead Botanist, Idaho Natural Heritage Program, ID Dept. Fish and Game

Lynn has been Lead Botanist for the Idaho Natural Heritage Program, IDFG, since 2007. She has over 30 years of experience in plant research and resource management, including work with the Bureau of Land Management, Forest Service, Wyoming Game and Fish Department, University of Idaho, and Washington State University.  She has a B.S. in Wildland Recreation Management from University of Idaho, an M.S. in Botany from University of Wyoming, and a Ph.D. in Botany from Washington State University.


Dusty Perkins, Assistant Professor of Biology, College of Western Idaho

Dusty is a Associate Professor of Biology at the College of Western Idaho where he teaches biology and ecology. He holds a B.S. in biology and an M.S. in raptor biology from Boise State University. As an Idaho native, who has witnessed raptor changes in the Treasure Valley, Dusty is interested in using citizen science to understand how anthropogenic landscape alterations affect organismal communities and ecosystem services. Dusty directs undergraduate research and citizen science projects at CWI that focus on conservation biology, population genetics and habitat suitability. While most of his work has focused on birds of prey, Dusty is excited for the opportunity to use ecological tools to understand the demography and habitat suitability of monarch and milkweeds in the Treasure Valley of Idaho.