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Gary Paul Nabhan

Dr. Gary Paul Nabhan is the W.K. Kellogg Endowed Chair in Borderlands Food and Water Security at the University of Arizona, an orchardkeeper, agroecologist and nature writer. He is co-author of The Forgotten Pollinators with Stephen Buchmann, editor of Conserving Migratory Pollinators and Nectar Corridors in Western North America, and sole author of two dozen other books.

A pioneer in collaborative conservation of biodiversity in working landscapes, he is also involved with the Borderlands Habitat Restoration Initiative for on-farm pollinator habitat in southeastern Arizona where he lives and farms. With Ina Warren, he co-facilitates www.makewayformonarchs.org.

Ina Warren

Ina Warren (Brevard, NC – south of Asheville) is a freelance naturalist, lecturer, and educator and lives everyday in complete awe of the natural world. As a Conservation Specialist with Monarch Watch, she provides monarch conservation programs to schools (K-16), civic groups and natural resource agencies. Ina has visited Mexico four times to study the overwintering sites for a book in process called the “Monarch and Milkweed Almanac”.

She is a trained presenter for Al Gore’s Climate Reality Project slide show on climate change and in August 2011, she was purposely arrested at the White House with 1,252 others protesting the Keystone XL tarsands pipeline.

Building the Committee of Fifty / Fifty years after Rachel Carson‘s Death

John and Nancy Hayden
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John and Nancy Hayden own and operate The Farm Between, a small scale organic fruit farm and nursery in Jeffersonville, Vermont. They have been stewards of this former dairy farm and historic homestead for over 22 years. They grow over 30 different kinds of fruit for fresh market and for their specialty product fruit syrups. All of their crops require pollinators to produce fruit, so a working partnership with these insects is paramount for a sustainable livelihood.

John and Nancy put a lot of thought and effort into enhancing their native pollinator populations. This includes designing for season long floral resources, providing nesting and overwintering habitat and using absolutely no pesticides to produce their crops. They have designated their 18 acres as a pollinator sanctuary, rehabilitating former hay fields with pollinator friendly native plants and fruits from their nursery. John has a Masters degree in agricultural entomology and over 30 years professional experience in agroecology as a university educator, extension agent, international consultant, and practicing organic farmer. Nancy is an artist, writer, and retired environmental engineering professor in addition to being a farmer. She has degrees in ecology, environmental engineering, English, creative writing and studio art.

Paul Kaiser
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Paul Kaiser is a leader in ecological agriculture who was recently recognized with a local Leadership in Sustainability Award as well as an international Farmer/Rancher Award for his work in biodiversity and pollinator conservation on his farm, Singing Frogs Farm. Paul has worked in international development practicing Agroforestry with rural communities in West Africa & Central America with a strong focus on turning degraded lands into economically viable and biologically diverse and resilient farmland.

In addition, Paul received dual Masters Degrees in Natural Resources Management and Sustainable Development from the United Nations University for Peace in Costa Rica and the American University in Washington D.C.

In the last eight years, Paul and his wife Elizabeth, have married ecological land management with local food production at their no-till, biodiverse and family friendly Singing Frogs Farm in Sonoma County, California. Besides being one of the first certified Bee Friendly Farms, Paul collaborates with Partnership for Sustainable Pollination to educate about pollinators and ecological farming practices.

Paul continues to be a practitioner and advocate for his own unique, no-till, pollinator-friendly farming model that benefits the pollinators, beneficial insects, soil and ecology of his landscape while offering job security to his year-round employees and financial stability to his family.

Gail Morris
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Gail is the Coordinator of the Southwest Monarch Study, Monarch Watch Conservation Specialist and serves on the Board of Directors of the Monarch Butterfly Fund. She is an accomplished writer and workshop presenter dedicated to educating, protecting and expanding monarch habitats throughout Arizona. Gail realized the importance of forging relationships with local, state and federal agencies by advocating for milkweed and monarch friendly nectar plants in riparian corridors especially along the Salt River, the Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona State Parks as well city parks and libraries. A life-long gardener, Gail was certified as a Master Gardener in 1995 and the Desert Gardening Mastership Program in 2011.

Gail has degrees in Psychology and Theology. During a sabbatical from her position as a Pastoral Associate, she realized the fragile future of the monarch migration. Now she dedicates her life to protecting, monitoring and expanding monarch habitats through Arizona and the Southwest.

Laura Jackson
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Dr. Laura Jackson is a Professor at the University of Northern Iowa who focuses on restoration ecology and sustainable agriculture in her teaching, research and community service.  She is also Director of the Tallgrass Prairie Center based at UNI that provides seed and other plant materials in collaboration with state and federal agencies to restore natural vegetation to highway sides and other public spaces for the benefit of society.

With her mother, Dana Jackson, she co-authored The Farm as Natural Habitat: Reconnecting Food Systems with Ecosystems. She has also contributed to the Journal of Soil and Water Conservation, Ecology, Restoration Ecology, and the Landscape Journal.

Enriqueta Velarde
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Enriqueta Velarde has worked with seabird breeding and feeding ecology and behaviour since 1979. Her main interests are the generation of long-term data series for purposes of ecosystem conservation and sustainable management. She has also worked with Comcaac people to help record and preserve traditional knowledge about birds and their environment.

She is a full time researcher at the Instituto de Ciencias Marinas y Pesquerías of the Universidad Veracruzana in Mexico.

Chip Taylor
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Orley R. “Chip” Taylor, Founder and Director of Monarch Watch; Professor Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS.

In recognition that habitats for monarchs are declining we created two programs to address this issue: the Monarch Waystation program and the Bring Back the Monarchs program. The goals of these programs have been to inspire the public, schools and others to create habitats for monarch butterflies and to assist Monarch Watch in educating the public about the decline in resources for monarchs, pollinators and all wildlife that share the same habitats.

Bonnie L. Harper Lore
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Bonnie L. Harper Lore is an educator, a native plant gardener and conservationist.

Her 2013 book, Vegetation Management, an Ecoregional Approach focuses on restoring habitat within our nation’s 17,000,000 acres of highway corridors.

Laura López-Hoffman
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Laura López-Hoffman is a conservation biologist and conservation policy researcher at University of Arizona.

Much of her work focuses on using the concept of ecosystem services – the services such as pollination that nature provides to society – as a way of arguing for the conservation of ecosystems and species. One of her major interests is how migratory species facilitate the sharing of such services between Canada, the United States, and Mexico.

Sara St. Antoine
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Sara St. Antoine has been a writer for the Children and Nature Network, National Audubon Society, National Wildlife Federation, World Wildlife Fund, Western National Parks Association, and American Association for the Advancement of Science.

She is the series editor of Stories from Where We Live (Milkweed Editions)–anthologies of nature literature for young people–and the author of the middle-reader novel Three Bird Summer (Candlewick Press).

Carol Davit
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Carol Davit is the executive director of the Missouri Prairie Foundation, a nonprofit prairie conservation organization, and has edited the Missouri Prairie Journal since 1997.

Carol has worked for nearly 20 years in the conservation and environmental fields in Missouri and Virginia for private, nonprofit conservation groups and at the municipal and state government levels.

Carol also is chair of the Jefferson City Environmental Quality Commission, is a member of the Jefferson City Stormwater Quality Advisory Committee, and is part of Missouri Stream Team #3631.

Nathalie and David Chambers
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Nathalie and David Chambers are farmers and land trust activists based at Madrona Farm in British Columbia, Canada on Vancouver Island, just ten minutes from downtown Victoria. They co-steward 27 acres that has been in David’s family since 1952. They grow 105 crop varieties organically over each 12 month cycle, giving special attention to pollinators. The Chambers also protect nesting sites and have adequate pollen and nectar resources available to 450 species of pollinators native to BC. They use flowering covering crops, bee buffer crop rows and frame their fields with native plants, shrubs and trees.

They are also active in farmland conservation, scheduling fundraising events fort the Canada’s Land Conservancy in British Columbia, involving over 300 donors in their farmland conservation campaigns.

Fred Bahnson
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Fred Bahnson is the author of Soil and Sacrament: A Spiritual Memoir of Food and Faith (Simon & Schuster) and co-author of Making Peace With the Land (InterVarsity).

He is director of the Food, Faith, and Religious Leadership Initiative at Wake Forest University School of Divinity, a program that equips faith leaders to “create more redemptive food systems.” With his wife and sons, he tends a 1/2 acre hillside forest garden in Brevard, North Carolina.

Scott Chaskey
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Scott Chaskey is a farmer, poet and an educator. Since 1990 he has farmed garlic, potatoes, greens (and fifty other crops) for the Peconic Land Trust at Quail Hill Farm, one of the original Community Supported Agriculture farms in the country. He is a founding Board member of the Center for Whole Communities (VT.) and of Sylvester Manor Educational Farm (NY), and is past president of the Northeast Organic Farming Association of New York.

In 2005 Viking/Penguin published his memoir, “This Common Ground, Seasons on an Organic Farm.” “Seedtime, On the History, Husbandry, Politics, and Promise of Seeds” was published by Rodale Press in January, 2014. He lives in Sag Harbor, NY, with his wife Megan, in the home where they raised 3 children.

Loretta McGrath
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Loretta McGrath is a top-bar beekeeper and gardener, Director of the Pollinator Partners Program and a sustainability educator who has taught a wide-range of interdisciplinary college courses for more than twenty years. She was a professional gardener in Colorado for ten years and has worked as a consultant with local non-profits in New Mexico on strategic planning, research, and policy projects to support local food system development and healthy human communities and living systems.

As the Director of the Pollinator Partners Program of Farm to Table, which she developed in 2011, she has been working with communities throughout the state to increase pollinator habitat in community and school gardens, on farms and in public spaces. Organic farmers, gardeners, educators, beekeepers, and food system advocates are proving to be essential educators and collaborators in this work, creating local solutions to address the pollinator crisis.

Rodrigo A. Medellin
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Rodrigo Medellín works on vertebrate ecology and conservation with emphasis on applied and policy driven science. He is Senior Professor, Institute of Ecology UNAM, and has produced over 170 publications. He has projects or students in 16 countries of five continents and is President of the Society for Conservation Biology (2013-2015).

He is advisor to the Mexican Federal Government on wildlife issues. Rodrigo is Co-Chair of the IUCN Bat Specialist Group and is Scientific Councilor of the Convention on Migratory Species. He is a Rolex Award Laureate, 2012 Whitley Gold Award winner, and others.

Kyle T. Kramer
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With his wife Cyndi and their three young children (Eva, Clare, and Elijah), Kyle does permaculture no-till organic farming on 27 acres in rural southwest Indiana.  They raise bramble and berry fruit, tree fruit, and annual vegetables, along with bees and laying hens.

They live in an energy-efficient, self-built home with net-positive solar photovoltaic electricity, passive-solar and wood heat, and active solar hot water.  Kyle is a regular magazine columnist and the author of A Time to Plant: Life Lessons in Work, Prayer, and Dirt (Ave Maria Press, 2010).

David Kline
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David Kline is an Amish farmer, naturalist and writer who is the founding editor of Farming magazine. He is also author of two books, Great Possessions and Scratching the Woodchuck: Nature on an Amish Farm, that have been praised by the likes of Wendell Berry, Wes Jackson, Courtney White and Living on Earth radio.

He and his wife Elsie live on the same 120 acre farm in Ohio where David was born, and where their traditional farming practices have harbored over 135 species of birds and countless butterflies over the last half century. David has kept field notes on the arrival and departure dates of monarch butterflies and noted their relative abundance for more than thirty years, and with Elsie, regularly tends a flower garden full of nectar sources to keep them in their company.

Larry Lack and Lee Ann Ward
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Larry Lack and Lee Ann Ward live and garden on a large scale in St. Andrews, New Brunswick, Canada, near Calais, Maine. Larry has worked as an organic farming inspector as well. They have been interested in and concerned about monarchs for many years. Monarchs used to come regularly to the milkweed patch (which Larry and Lee Ann plant for them) and to the Echinacea in their garden in fair numbers. However, monarch visits have declined over the last four years, and they saw none at all last year, and only one or two in 2012.

Larry and Lee Ann have organized an annual exchange of garden seeds for the past 11 years, and have distributed milkweed seed to gardening friends and neighbors. They run an active listserve for people in their region who are interested in culture, agriculture and nature, which they use to post occasional information or action suggestions regarding monarch restoration and protection.

David Suzuki
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Dr. David Suzuki is a scientist, broadcaster, author, and co-founder of the David Suzuki Foundation. He is Companion to the Order of Canada and a recipient of UNESCO’s Kalinga Prize for science, the United Nations Environment Program medal, the 2012 Inamori Ethics Prize, the 2009 Right Livelihood Award, and UNEP’s Global 500. Dr. Suzuki is Professor Emeritus at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver and holds 28 honorary degrees from universities around the world. He is familiar to television audiences as host of the CBC science and natural history television series The Nature of Things, and to radio audiences as the original host of CBC Radio’s Quirks and Quarks, as well as the acclaimed series It’s a Matter of Survival and From Naked Ape to Superspecies.

In 1990 he co-founded with Dr. Tara Cullis, The David Suzuki Foundation to “collaborate with Canadians from all walks of life including government and business, to conserve our environment and find solutions that will create a sustainable Canada through science-based research, education and policy work.” His written work includes more than 54 books, 19 of them for children. Dr. Suzuki lives with his wife and family in Vancouver, B. C.

Paul Mirocha
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Paul Mirocha is an illustrator, graphic designer, and photographer, based Tucson, Arizona. His book illustrations first appeared in Gathering the Desert by Gary Paul Nabhan, winner of the John Burroughs Medal for natural history in 1985. Since then, he has illustrated over 20 children’s picture books on nature themes, as well as contemporary nature writing.

Paul is currently artist-in-residence at the University of Arizona’s Tumamoc: People and Habitats, a Sonoran Desert research preserve and historical landmark. You can follow environmental art done on Tumamoc Hill at www.TumamocSketchbook.com.

Ernest Williams
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Ernest Williams is a Professor of Biology at Hamilton College. He studies the population biology and conservation of butterflies, with a focus in recent years on monarchs.

He wrote The Nature Handbook: A Guide to Observing the Great Outdoors, which is a field guide to patterns in nature (Oxford University Press, 2005), and coauthored The Stokes Butterfly Book (Little, Brown and Co., 1991). He serves on the board of the Monarch Butterfly Fund.

Lincoln Brower
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Lincoln Brower began studying monarch butterfly biology in 1954 as a graduate student at Yale University. He currently is Distinguished Service Professor of Zoology Emeritus at the University of Florida and Research Professor of Biology at Sweet Briar College. His research includes conservation of endangered biological phenomena and ecosystems, the overwintering and migration biology of the monarch butterfly, chemical defense, mimicry, and scientific film making.

He has authored or coauthored more than 200 scientific papers. Since 1977 he has focused on degradation of the Oyamel fir forests in Mexico and more recently on the killing of breeding habitat by GMO-herbicide agriculture in the U.S. Together these two factors have driven the monarch butterfly to the status of an endangered biological phenomenon.

Renowned monarch butterfly expert Lincoln Brower dies, but his legacy lives on

Elizabeth Howard
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Elizabeth Howard is the founder and director of Journey North, an online citizen science project that tracks monarch migration and seasonal change.

Now in its 21st year, Journey North has 57,000 registered sites across North America and is considered one of the premiere citizen science projects in the nation.

Steve Buchmann
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Steve Buchmann is a pollination ecologist in the departments of Entomology and of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Arizona in Tucson. He has published more than 150 papers and 12 books on topics of pollination, floral biology, and the behavior of native bees and other pollinators. He is currently a co-PI on a new National Science Foundation grant on buzz pollination and learning in bumble bees. He was head of research and chief scientist for the feature length pollinator film “Wings of Life” from Disneynature.

Each year, Steve is one of the instructors in the American Museum of Natural History’s (NYC) ten day workshop on bee identification and conservation held in Portal, Arizona. He is currently completing his latest book “The Reason for Flowers” for publisher Simon & Schuster.

Trecia Neal
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Trecia Neal has been a biologist at Fernbank Science Center in Atlanta since 1990. Trecia’s areas of expertise are ornithology, environmental education, and establishing outdoor classrooms and gardens at schools. For the last eight years, she has been teaching students and teachers about the wonders of monarchs by teaching Professional Development courses in Michoacán, Mexico to study the biology and ecology of the Monarch butterfly in its overwintering habitat. Since returning from Mexico the first year, she has been busy spreading the word about monarchs across the state.

She has a bachelor’s and master’s degree in biology with an emphasis in animal behavior and science education. Trecia has also worked to advise the First Lady Rosalyn Carter on what was needed to make her butterfly gardens best suitable for monarchs and help them get Waystation certified. Please visit the butterfly trail, and add your gardens to the registry.

Richard Conniff
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Richard Conniff’s latest book is The Species Seekers: Heroes, Fools, and the Mad Pursuit of Life on Earth (W.W. Norton) about the discovery of species. He won a National Magazine Award in 1997. He was a 2007 Guggenheim Fellow. His articles have appeared in Time, Smithsonian, The Atlantic, The New York Times Magazine, National Geographic, and other publications. He has been a frequent commentator on NPR’s Marketplace and in The New York Times Sunday Review, and has written and presented television shows for the National Geographic Channel, TBS, and the BBC, among others.

Conniff’s other books include Swimming with Piranhas at Feeding Time: My Life Doing Dumb Stuff with Animals (Norton, 2009), and Spineless Wonders: Strange Tales of the Invertebrate World (Holt, 1996).

Rowan Jacobsen
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Rowan Jacobsen writes about place and how it shapes ecosystems, cultures, cuisines, and us. His quest to capture the spirit of place and people has led him from the bayous of Louisiana to the marshes of Alaska’s Yukon Delta, from the jungles of India and Burma to the rivers of Amazonia. He has been featured on All Things Considered, The Splendid Table, Here & Now, MSNBC, and elsewhere, and he writes for the New York Times, Harper’s, Orion, Mother Jones, and Outside, where he is a contributing editor.

He is the author of the James Beard Award-winner A Geography of Oysters; Fruitless Fall, which received the 2009 Green Prize for Sustainable Literature; The Living Shore; American Terroir, which was named one of the Ten Best Books of the Year by Library Journal; and Shadows on the Gulf: A Journey Through Our Last Great Wetland. His work has been selected for the Best Food Writing and Best American Science and Nature Writing anthologies. He lives in Vermont.

Jack Algiere
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Jack Algiere is a Rhode Island native and has a BS in Horticulture from the University of Rhode Island. He has worked in a range of agricultural disciplines throughout his career, including garden landscapes, greenhouse production, and organic and biodynamic vegetable, flower, herb and fruit production in Rhode Island, Connecticut, Colorado and California.

Since 2003, Jack has managed the produce farm and landscape at Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture, where he is now the Four Season Farm Director. At Stone Barns Center, Jack experiments continually with innovative growing methods and seed varieties and is integrally involved in training beginning farmers. He farms in partnership with his wife Shannon and has two sons.

Danielle Nierenberg
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Danielle Nierenberg is the co-Founder and President of Food Tank: The Food Think Tank and expert on sustainable agriculture.

Frederick L. Kirschenmann
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Frederick L. Kirschenmann is Distinguished Fellow for the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture at Iowa State University and President of Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture in New York. He also continues to manage his family’s 1,800-acre certified organic farm in south central North Dakota. He has held numerous appointments, including the USDA’s National Organic Standards Board and the National Commission on Industrial Farm Animal Production operated by the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health and funded by Pew Charitable Trusts.

He writes and speaks widely, and University Press of Kentucky published a book of his essays, Cultivating an Ecological Conscience: Essays from a Farmer Philosopher, in 2010.

Karen Oberhauser
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Karen Oberhauser is a Professor in the Dept. of Fisheries, Wildlife and Conservation Biology at the University of Minnesota, where she and her students conduct research on several aspects of monarch butterfly ecology. Her research depends on traditional lab and field techniques, as well as the contributions of a variety of audiences through citizen science. Her strong interest in promoting a citizenry with a high degree of scientific and environmental literacy led to the development of a science education program that involves courses for teachers, and opportunities for youth to engage in research and share their findings with broad audiences.

In 1996, she and graduate student Michelle Prysby started a nationwide Citizen Science project called the Monarch Larva Monitoring Project, which continues to engage hundreds of volunteers throughout North America. Karen is passionate about the conservation of the world’s biodiversity, and believes that the connections her projects promote between monarchs, humans, and the natural world promote meaningful conservation action.

In 2013, Karen received a White House Champion of Change award for her work with Citizen Science.

Nicole Hamilton
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Nicole Hamilton is President of Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy in northern Virginia and leads the organization’s “Bringing Back the Monarch, Keeping the Magic Alive” initiative. She worked 19 years in management consulting leading strategy and organization transformation projects at Booz Allen Hamilton and now applies these tools to her work in the environmental sector. She is author of the field guide, The Butterflies of Loudoun County, an avid birder and nature photographer and leads Loudoun’s Amphibian Monitoring program. She enjoys sharing the wonders of nature with others through field trips and education programs throughout the year.

Nicole holds a B.A in Government and East Asian Studies from Colby College and an M.B.A with focus on Management and Marketing from Thunderbird. She has traveled through Central and South America, Europe and Asia.

Nina Veteto
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A former classroom teacher, with a master’s degree in education, Nina Veteto has spent the last few years as an Environmental Educator, teaching students about the miracle of the monarch and its migration.

Most recently, Nina has formed Monarch Rescue, a non-profit organization dedicated to creating monarch habitat in and around western North Carolina and educating the public about the plight of the monarch and pollinators in general.

Dr. Diana Post
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Dr. Diana Post a veterinarian by training has worked in companion animal practice and for the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). She was the Executive Director, then the President of the Rachel Carson Council from 1992 to 2013.

Since 2014 she has been working with the Rachel Carson Landmark Alliance an environmental educational organization located in the historic house where Silent Spring was written. Her focus is on protecting wildlife, pets and people from pesticides’ adverse effects, promoting the benefits of ecosystem services, and furthering Rachel Carson’s vision.

Margaret E. Atwood
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Award-winning novelist Margaret Atwood is affectionately called the Mistress of Mischief in her home country of Canada, but she is also an avid observer and defender of monarch butterflies. Their near-disappearance from her backyard over the last several years prompted Atwood to join the ranks of other great novelists of other world class writers such as Homero Aridjis, Laura Esquivel, and the late Peter Matthiessen is signing the winter 2015 letter to the leaders of Mexico, Canada, and the U.S. which precipitated the now-famous “Tres Amigos” agreement for continent-wide monarch and milkweed recovery.

Her books, from the Handmaid’s Tale to Oryx and Crake have been called science fiction by others, but more properly, should be considered speculative fiction, since every nightmare in them is conceivably possible and scientifically plausible. Atwood has now joined the ranks of Make Way for Monarchs illustrious board of advisors; join her at on twitter at @MargaretAtwood