Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 65.60
Liaison Brian Kermath
Submission Date Jan. 29, 2018
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STARS v2.1

University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh
OP-10: Biodiversity

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Brian Kermath
Sustainability Director
Sustainability Office
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Does the institution own or manage land that includes or is adjacent to legally protected areas, internationally recognized areas, priority sites for biodiversity, and/or regions of conservation importance?:
No

A brief description of the legally protected areas, internationally recognized areas, priority sites for biodiversity, and/or regions of conservation importance:

We are a part of the Monarch Watch Origination that has designated our natural prairie areas as monarch habitats.

http://www.monarchwatch.org/index.html

Monarch Waystations: Create, Conserve, & Protect Monarch Habitats

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Each fall, hundreds of millions of monarch butterflies migrate from the United States and Canada to overwintering areas in Mexico and California where they wait out the winter until conditions favor a return flight in the spring. The monarch migration is truly one of the world's greatest natural wonders, yet it is threatened by habitat loss in North America - at the overwintering sites and throughout the spring and summer breeding range as well.

Monarch Waystation Habitats
Monarch Waystations are places that provide resources necessary for monarchs to produce successive generations and sustain their migration. Without milkweeds throughout their spring and summer breeding areas in North America, monarchs would not be able to produce the successive generations that culminate in the migration each fall. Similarly, without nectar from flowers these fall migratory monarch butterflies would be unable to make their long journey to overwintering grounds in Mexico. The need for host plants for larvae and energy sources for adults applies to all monarch and butterfly populations around the world.


Has the institution conducted an assessment or assessments to identify endangered and vulnerable species (including migratory species) with habitats on institution-owned or –managed land?:
Yes

Has the institution conducted an assessment or assessments to identify environmentally sensitive areas on institution-owned or –managed land?:
No

The methodologies used to identify endangered and vulnerable species and/or environmentally sensitive areas (including most recent year assessed) and any ongoing assessment and monitoring mechanisms:

Building on just a few plants initially, campus assessed the potential to enhance habitat for monarch butterflies in prairie plantings. Subsequently, the campus has been designated a monarch waystation by Monarch Watch.


A brief description of identified species, habitats and/or environmentally sensitive areas:

Habitat includes milk weed in prairie plantings for monarch butterflies.


A brief description of plans or programs in place to protect or positively affect identified species, habitats and/or environmentally sensitive areas:

The university owns two natural areas: 22 acres of native forest land and 27 acres of marsh/swamp. Both are maintained with minimal disturbance (e.g. single trail, trail and boardwalk for the marsh) as examples of native ecosystems, including wildlife. Their use is for educational programming, primarily ecology courses.


The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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