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This online book discussion is in concert with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's National Conservation Training Center's public lecture series that will feature Robert Michael Pyle on March 12 in the Byrd Auditorium at 7 p.m. in a talk entitled, "The Monarch of the Americas: Chasing, Saving and Understanding our Most Iconic Insect."
Much of a monarch butterfly’s (Danaus plexippus) life is spent migrating between the U.S., Mexico, and Canada-a journey that for some individuals can cover over 3,000 miles. However, this journey has become more dangerous and less successful for many because of deforestation, illegal logging, increased development, agricultural expansion, livestock raising, forest fires, and other threats to their migratory paths and summer and overwintering habitats. Since 1995, the Wildlife Without Borders - Mexico Program has made a continuing commitment to support the conservation of monarch butterflies. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is also a key player in the Monarch Joint Venture efforts for the lower 48 states.
|Photo credit: Greg Thompson/FWS|
Robert Michael Pyle was born and raised in Colorado and has lived in the Pacific Northwest, California, New England, and Great Britain. His B.Sc. in Nature Perception and Protection and M.Sc. in Nature Interpretation from the University of Washington were followed by a Ph.D. in Lepidoptera Ecology and Conservation from Yale University. He worked as Ranger-Naturalist in Sequoia National Park, butterfly conservation consultant for the government of Papua New Guinea, Northwest Land Steward for The Nature Conservancy, and co-manager of the Species Conservation Monitoring Center in Cambridge, U.K. In 1971, he founded the international Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation, later chaired its Monarch Project, and was the founding chairman of IUCN's Lepidoptera Specialist Group.
For thirty-three years, Pyle has been an independent, full-time biologist, writer, teacher, and speaker. He has published hundreds of articles, essays, papers, stories, and poems, and eighteen books. They include Wintergreen, The Thunder Tree, Where Bigfoot Walks, Chasing Monarchs, Walking the High Ridge, Sky Time in Gray’s River, and Mariposa Road: The First Butterfly Big Year; as well as The Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Butterflies, The Butterflies of Cascadia, and several other standard works on butterflies. His latest book is Evolution of the Genus Iris: Poems. A Guggenheim Fellow, Pyle has won the John Burroughs Medal, three Governor's Writer's Awards, a Pacific Northwest Booksellers' Award, the Harry Nehls Award for Nature Writing, and the National Outdoor Book Award for natural history literature.
Pyle's essays from fifty-two consecutive issues of Orion and Orion Afield magazines are published in The Tangled Bank by Oregon State University Press. A novel, collections of stories and essays, and peer-reviewed scientific papers on butterflies are forthcoming.
For his work with butterfly ecology and conservation, Bob received the John Adams Comstock Award and a Distinguished Service Award from the Society for Conservation Biology. He has been Distinguished Alumnus of the University of Washington and Yale University forestry schools; and was recently appointed Honorary Fellow of the Royal Entomological Society and a Senior Fellow of the Spring Creek Project at Oregon State University.
Bob Pyle has taught writing and natural history seminars for many colleges and institutes around the world, and presented hundreds of invited lectures and keynote addresses. In recent years he has served as Visiting Professor of Environmental Writing at Utah State University; as Kittredge Distinguished Visiting Writer at the University of Montana; and as place-based writing instructor for the Aga Khan Humanities Project in Tajikistan and the Writers' Centre of Tasmania. For thirty-five years he has dwelled beside, observed, and written about Gray's River, a tributary of the Lower Columbia River, in the Willapa Hills of southwest Washington.
You Tube videos: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OoPSHtirAbs