Saturday, Sept. 8 2018
9:00 AM to 4:00 PM 

Check-in begins at 8:30 AM 

Higgins Fire Station 23                      20604 McCourtney Road                  Grass Valley, CA 95945

Additional Information

There is a $15 fee for the course. Pre-registration is required and space is limited to 40 people.

Lunch will be provided, but you may want to bring a lunch if you have specific dietary restrictions. Contact us for more information.  

Sunscreen, hiking shoes, a hat, and water are recommended for the field session.

Event Contact

Angela Laws, The Xerces Society 

Photo Credits

Banner Photo:
Candace Fallon, The Xerces Society
Side Photo:
Stephanie McKnight, The Xerces Society

Monarch Conservation in the Central Sierra

Higgins Fire Station 23 
Grass Valley, California
Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM 

Please join The Xerces Society and the Nevada County RCD to learn more about western monarchs, milkweed, and how you can get involved in current conservation efforts.


Workshop topics will include:
1. Basics of the monarch life cycle and migration
2. Conservation status of western monarchs and reasons for their decline
3. How you can become involved in monarch conservation efforts, including citizen science
4. Opportunities to improve habitat on your land through programs with the NRCS and USFWS

The workshop will be broken into a classroom and field session.  We will begin with a morning classroom session at the Higgins Fire Station 23.  After that we will head to the Barhydt Ranch (0.5 miles from the fire station) for lunch and a field session where we will search milkweeds for adult and immature monarchs, and talk about habitat restoration practices.


Emma Pelton, Endangered Species Conservation Biologist, The Xerces Society   Emma is a Conservation Biologist with the Xerces Society whose work focuses on the conservation of the Western population of monarch butterflies. She has a Master's degree in Agroecology and Entomology and experience working on the conservation of rare species of butterflies, bats, and snakes.

Angela Laws, Monarch and Pollinator Ecologist, The Xerces Society  Based in Sacramento, CA, Angela is working on habitat restoration for pollinators and monarch butterflies in the Central Valley.  Angela has over 15 years of experience studying arthropods in grassland habitats, including studies of how climate change can affect species interactions.  She received a M.S. in Ecology from Utah State University, and a Ph.D. in Biology from the University of Notre Dame.

Kathryn Prince, Farm Bill Pollinator Conservation Planner, The Xerces Society  Kathryn Prince is a pollinator conservation planner and partner biologist with the Natural Resources Conservation Service. She works on beneficial insect projects throughout central California, and is based in Madera County.

Bonnie Bradt.  Bonnie holds a BS in Zoology and an MS in Entomology from UC Davis. Following that, she worked for over 40 years as a research scientist, mostly in biochemistry research labs. She has authored or co-authored 28 scientific papers and two book chapters. She joined the Master Gardeners in 2005 and gladly became the group’s resident entomologist. She has given public workshops and presentations for many years, mostly on entomology-related subjects.

Jack Rice, Associate Counsel at the California Farm Bureau Federation  Jack is a Senior Counsel of the California Farm Bureau Federation, where he focuses on environmental matters, with a particular focus on water and endangered species issues. Jack grew up in agriculture, maintaining those roots with a hay and cattle operation in Humboldt County and a grassfed beef business. He is a graduate of Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo and UC Davis School of Law.

Laura and Dave Barhydt, Rancher  The Barhydts have been raising cattle in Nevada county since 1980. They purchased a second ranch in 2013 after leasing the land for several years. Dave is a board member with Nevada County Farm Bureau and Nevada County Resource conservation district and currently serves as District 15 director for California Farm Bureau Federation.  Laura is a board member of the Placer Nevada Cattlewomen and is a member of Nevada County Ag Advisory Commission.

Damion Ciotti, US Fish and Wildlife Service