Tom Landis on PolliNation with Andony Melathopoulos

Tom Landis has a PhD in Forest Ecology and has worked for 30 years as a nursery specialist for the USDA Forest Service. He now runs Native Plant Nursery Consulting and is a member of the Southern Oregon Monarch Advocates, where he provides educational and hands-on Milkweed and Monarch Workshops. The Southern Oregon Monarch Advocates are a dynamic group of people united in a common goal: to help the western monarch butterfly focusing on public outreach, creating habitat by establishing Monarch Waystations, planting native milkweed and nectar species, and raising monarchs.

Listen in to learn more about the Monarch butterfly, what Monarch waystations are and why they exist, and their unique system of migration.

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“The adult butterfly weighs half as much as a paperclip, yet they fly 40 miles a day and up to 700 miles [to their destination].“ – Tom Landis

Show Notes:

  • Where the migratory Monarch butterflies live in Oregon
  • The unique migratory process of the Monarch butterfly
  • What fuels the super generation’s long migration
  • Why Monarchs need a certain kind of tree canopy to survive
  • What are Monarch waystations and who came up with the idea
  • What Monarch waystations contain for Monarch butterflies
  • How Tom is helping spread Monarch waystations throughout southern Oregon
  • What it means when you see a whole cluster of butterflies in one spot
  • How you can make your own Monarch waystation

“That’s what’s so amazing about monarchs; you think of that fourth generation, they’re flying back to where their great-great-grandparents came from, and they’ve never been there.“ – Tom Landis

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3 thoughts on “40 Tom Landis – Monarch Butterflies in Southwestern Oregon

  1. Tom came to Sacramemto on 11-13-19, and gave a very nice talk about Monarchs and the importance of early access to nectar and milkweed on the west coast. I’m hoping that he will also speak at the Santa Cruz or Santa Clara Valley CNPS Chapters about the importance of early access to nectar and milkweed and would like to contact him, outside of Facebook. Is there a way?

  2. Tom
    Just wondering if you are related to Carl Landis who owned a photography business in Medford in the 1950 to 1970? Our Dad and he were best friends
    Todd Jensen

  3. Hey Todd – No, I don’t think I am directly related to Carl although I’m sure all Landises are related somehow. My dad was from Wichita, KS where I was born and his dad was Ira Landis. My brother Tony has a better grasp of our genealogy if you are interested. All the best – Tom


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