Chip Taylor


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

Trained as an insect ecologist, Chip Taylor has published papers on species assemblages, hybridization, reproductive biology, population dynamics and plant demographics and pollination. Starting in 1974, Chip Taylor established research sites and directed students studying Neotropical African honey bees (killer bees) in French Guiana, Venezuela, and Mexico. In 1992, as the bee research was coming to an end, Taylor founded Monarch Watch, an outreach program focused on education, research and conservation relative to monarch butterflies. Through the last 18 years Monarch Watch has enlisted the help of volunteers to tag monarchs during the fall migration. This program has produced many new insights into the dynamics of the monarch migration. Four years ago, in recognition that habitats for monarchs are declining at a rate of 6000 acres a day in the United States, Monarch Watch created the Monarch Waystation program. The goal of this program is 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. 

"I have been studying the effects of climate on monarch populations for several years and climate change really has me worried. Higher temperatures are likely to negatively affect monarch populations by reducing reproductive success and altering the distribution and abundances of milkweed species on which the monarchs depend."

Larva (Caterpillars) Photo by Karen Oberhauser

Milkweed- Photo by Karen Oberhauser

Fall Migration

Spring and Summer Migration

Monarchs Nectaring

Overwintering Monarchs

Monarcca Descansando Vico

Main Reserve - Orientation Map

Helicopter View of Rosario Colony

A View of the Volcanic Peaks

Chincua Aerial

The Refuge Location in Mexico

Massive Clusters of Monarch Butterflies

Rivers of Monarchs

Exploding Cluster

Oyamel Branch Clusters

StormJan2002_MortalityClose.jpg

Col-Chincua(4)

Chapel Crescencio Morales.JPG

Burn Chincua

Campanio Chincua

Campesinos

Cerro Antenas from Donaciano Ojeda

cerro cacicque from top of pelon

Cerro Cacique from Curungueo

Cerro Pelon from Donaciano Ojeda

Community Carpinteros

Community Carpinters b

Deforested Cresencio Morales from Donaciano Ojeda

Deforested Cresencio Morales from Donaciano Ojeda

el paso forest

el paso forest2

elpasofores3

elpasoforest

hand with peas

Iglesia Chincua

Iglesia Ejido Chincua

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Irrigation Water Donaciano Ojeda.JPG

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logging pelon

logging pelon2

logging pelon3

logging pelon4

logging pelon5

monarca_isabel

monarcas.jpg

Mountain Crescencio Morales

Ocampo Cuna de la Mariposa Monarca

pea farming in crescencio morales.JPG

Pine Seedlings Donaciano OjdeaB

Pine seedlings Donaciano Ojeda

Poster PROFEPA

Eggs on New Milkweed in Maryland

Larva (Caterpillars) Photo by Karen Oberhauser
Milkweed- Photo by Karen Oberhauser
Fall Migration
Spring and Summer Migration
Monarchs Nectaring
Overwintering Monarchs
Monarcca Descansando Vico
Main Reserve - Orientation Map
Helicopter View of Rosario Colony
A View of the Volcanic Peaks
Chincua Aerial
The Refuge Location in Mexico
Massive Clusters of Monarch Butterflies
Rivers of Monarchs
Exploding Cluster
Oyamel Branch Clusters
StormJan2002_MortalityClose.jpg
Col-Chincua(4)
Chapel Crescencio Morales.JPG
Burn Chincua
Campanio Chincua
Campesinos
Cerro Antenas from Donaciano Ojeda
cerro cacicque from top of pelon
Cerro Cacique from Curungueo
Cerro Pelon from Donaciano Ojeda
Community Carpinteros
Community Carpinters b
Deforested Cresencio Morales from Donaciano Ojeda
Deforested Cresencio Morales from Donaciano Ojeda
el paso forest
el paso forest2
elpasofores3
elpasoforest
hand with peas
Iglesia Chincua
Iglesia Ejido Chincua
Img_0066.jpg
Img_0233.jpg
Irrigation Water Donaciano Ojeda.JPG
Img_0280
logging pelon
logging pelon2
logging pelon3
logging pelon4
logging pelon5
monarca_isabel
monarcas.jpg
Mountain Crescencio Morales
Ocampo Cuna de la Mariposa Monarca
pea farming in crescencio morales.JPG
Pine Seedlings Donaciano OjdeaB
Pine seedlings Donaciano Ojeda
Poster PROFEPA
Eggs on New Milkweed in Maryland

Oyamel Branch Clusters
el paso forest2
Massive Clusters of Monarch Butterflies
A View of the Volcanic Peaks
The Refuge Location in Mexico
monarca_isabel
Img_0233.jpg
Campesinos
logging pelon3
Img_0280
Deforested Cresencio Morales from Donaciano Ojeda
Spring and Summer Migration
Community Carpinteros
Deforested Cresencio Morales from Donaciano Ojeda
Main Reserve - Orientation Map
Overwintering Monarchs
Col-Chincua(4)
Img_0066.jpg
Cerro Antenas from Donaciano Ojeda
logging pelon5
monarcas.jpg
cerro cacicque from top of pelon
logging pelon2
pea farming in crescencio morales.JPG
Pine seedlings Donaciano Ojeda
Iglesia Chincua
Chincua Aerial
Eggs on New Milkweed in Maryland
Irrigation Water Donaciano Ojeda.JPG
Iglesia Ejido Chincua
Pine Seedlings Donaciano OjdeaB
hand with peas
Poster PROFEPA
logging pelon4
Milkweed- Photo by Karen Oberhauser
Chapel Crescencio Morales.JPG
Mountain Crescencio Morales
Helicopter View of Rosario Colony
Fall Migration
logging pelon
Community Carpinters b
Monarchs Nectaring
Monarcca Descansando Vico
StormJan2002_MortalityClose.jpg
Larva (Caterpillars) Photo by Karen Oberhauser
Campanio Chincua
elpasofores3
elpasoforest
el paso forest
Exploding Cluster
Cerro Cacique from Curungueo
Ocampo Cuna de la Mariposa Monarca
Burn Chincua
Cerro Pelon from Donaciano Ojeda
Rivers of Monarchs