Every year a generation of monarchs reach the forests of Mexico’s Michoacan region. The 2,800-mile journey south from the U.S. takes four generations of monarchs in a single year.
Millions of the butterflies turn the forest orange as they wait out the winter for six to eight months.
Each year, the return of the Monarch butterflies marks the transition from the busy summer season to a more relaxed autumn.
Last September 10 was the 50th anniversary of a letter that was written by Rachel Carson on her last full day in Maine to her dear friend Dorothy Freeman.
Everyone is talking about the record low count of monarchs at their overwintering site in Mexico, but what does the science say is happening to them and why does it matter?
Monarch butterflies have a special place in the North American imagination. They are beautiful, plentiful, and have a legendary predator-repelling capacity.
Western Michigan University Biological Sciences Professor Stephen Malcolm says the population of the monarch butterfly in North America has dropped over the last 20 years.
Malcolm was among a group of scientists that signed a letter delivered to President Obama, Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper.
Monarch butterflies are relatively small insects that participate in one of nature’s most impressive migrations, but many scientists and other professionals are concerned about their long-term survival.
The butterflies can travel from their wintering grounds in central Mexico to summer homes in the United States and Canada.
Pollinators—including honeybees, bumble bees, butterflies, and other insects—play an important role in our farms, flower gardens, and food.
In fact, some of the crops most important to Oregon’s agricultural economy—blueberries, raspberries, cherries, apples, vegetable seed, squash—are reliant on bees for pollination and reproduction.
After news broke recently that the number of migratory monarch butterflies that had arrived to winter in Mexico was the lowest since reliable records began, I went on the road on behalf of the Make Way for Monarchs initiative.
This solutions-oriented collaboration is working to place millions of additional milkweeds in toxin-free habitats this next year.
Today, President Obama, Mexican President Peña Nieto, and Canada’s Prime Minister Harper committed their nations to taking steps to protect the monarch butterfly migration across Canada, the United States, and Mexico.
Recent scientific evidence by World Wildlife Fund and Mexico’s National Commission…