The Roar of the Monarch Butterfly
The monarch butterfly is the most recognizable butterfly in the world. In this presentation you will learn more about the relationship between plants and butterflies and follow along on the remarkable long distance, multi-generational migration of the monarch butterfly. Bill will share insights into one of Nature's poorly understood and critically threatened miracles. Within a short generation of its discovery this migration is now in danger extinction. There are many elements associated with the decline of the monarch butterfly but only one of them kills thousands of people and hundreds of thousands to millions of butterflies on an annual basis in Mexico. Wrapped into the monarchs life history is an ancient oyamel fir forest, a watershed resource for the largest city in the world and the home to amazing people of Tarascan descent. The future of millions upon millions of lives are tied into one fabric that is unraveling at a frightening pace. Join us to learn about the journey and what each of us can do to preserve these valuable resources for future generations.
About the Speaker
Starting his career as a wildlife biologist with the San Diego Zoo, Bill Toone studied the endangered California condor and the causes of its decline. That work grew into a conservation program of world renown; and Bill soon found himself featured in newspapers and magazines, sitting next to Johnny Carson on the Tonight Show, and filming wildlife documentaries in the Costa Rican rainforests with Olivia Newton-John.
But there was more to Bill than being “a media darling.” With his expertise in demand, Bill performed solid conservation work in some of the most remote regions of the world. From Honduras and Paraguay to Cameroon and Papua New Guinea, he not only witnessed incredible wildlife spectacles, but also came in close contact with some of most poor, and poorly understood, populations of people.
Working in Madagascar to help create a national park, Bill’s life took a significant turn while living in the remote village of Antanambao. Bill’s integration into the primitive village was facilitated by his befriending the family of a little five-year-old named Elian; it was a relationship so deep that on Bill’s departure to return home, Elian’s family begged him to take little Elian with him, so the boy could find a better future in the United States – an entreaty which, for several reasons, was impossible for Bill to fulfill. Soon thereafter, both Antanambao, and everyone who lived there, were swept away by the historic Typhoon Hudah.
Bill was shocked to learn that not one of the conservation agencies with which he had worked, in Madagascar and elsewhere, were interested in helping the victims of Hudah. It seems people were not part of their missions. And he understood at that moment the depths to which people and their environments are inextricably joined – that one cannot work to save endangered species, or endangered places, without working as well to protect and improve the lives of the people who live near them.
So Bill created ECOLIFE Conservation, an organization dedicated to a world in which humans and Nature live harmoniously. Bill and ECOLIFE build stoves in remote villages that improve the lives of families and reduce tree cutting for fuel. They install water-harvesting systems, and create programs to help people feed themselves healthy food, rather than plants and animals poached from the forests.
Bill continues to work and study in such places as Mexico, Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda. And his stories – gathered just this January in an encounter with wild gorillas, or 26 years ago on live TV with Johnny -- delight and thrill audiences. His are presentations that provide insight our natural world, while taking you on a terrific adventure and offering you hope for a planet in which humans, plants and animals can provide mutual assurance of wellness and security.
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The presentation starts at 6:45
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