Monarch Butterfly Conservation: Challenges and Opportunities; William T. Ruppert

The life cycle of the Monarch butterfly requires an amazing and unique journey, spanning North America from southern Mexico to the provinces of Canada. Extreme weather conditions, land development and modern agricultural practices have had significant impacts on this journey, which is vital for sustaining the life of the Monarch butterfly. Learn about the work of Monarch Watch and how we can make a difference in our backyards by planting milk-weed to accommodate the nutrition and life cycle requirements of the iconic Monarch butterfly.

William (Bill) T. Ruppert owns and manages the St. Louis office of National Nursery Products, a horticultural company representing wholesale growers of land-scape plants. Bill holds a BS degree in Agriculture, with an emphasis in ornamental horticulture and landscape design, from the University of Missouri Columbia.