An accomplished entrepreneur, Lew McGinnis has been involved in business for over 55 years. Active in civic organizations, Lew McGinnis has served as a director of the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum Foundation.
The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum is engaged in numerous projects to conserve pollinator species native to the area. Pollinators support plant pollination, which is essential for the formation of fruits and vegetables. They also maintain biodiversity. The Sonoran Desert is home to numerous springs and other water sources, making it an ideal home for native pollinators such as the monarch butterfly. Unfortunately, climate change and human encroachment are reducing the number of these natural water sources, causing the pollinators to migrate en masse.
The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum is working with professional teams from various organizations to advance pollinator species conservation, and has started a number of projects aimed at improving conservation efforts. These include performing milkweed surveys, collecting seed varieties, improving natural habitats, propagating native plants, monitoring pollinator breeding areas, determining migration patterns, and identifying migration flyways.