2013 Taylor’s Checkerspot Butterfly Working Group Minutes

The annual Taylor’s checkerspot butterfly (TCB) working group meeting includes updates to research, monitoring, and conservation actions as well as a needs discussion and update to the Action Plan that lists and prioritizes next best actions for Taylor’s that can be accomplished in the next 3-5 years. One major update from the 2013 meeting was the federal listing of the Taylor’s checkerspot butterfly as endangered under the ESA. In addition to this major change in the regulatory landscape, many partners have continued to make progress in land protection and restoration, monitoring, and reintroduction efforts, with much of the work being done collaboratively among multiple partners. This year’s meeting also had multiple presentations of preliminary research results, which allowed for interesting discussion about how to translate knowledge learned through lab and field research to on-the-ground management changes and decisions.