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Our state butterfly, the monarch, is at risk

July 29, 2014By
Our state butterfly, the monarch, is at risk

The annual migration of the monarch butterfly is one of the great wonders of nature and contains as many mysteries as it does marvels.

Every fall, monarchs migrate across the continent in advance of the cold winter months. Those east of the Rocky Mountains fly to Mexico where they cluster by the millions in the Oyamel fir forests: a mere 12 mountaintop sanctuaries that shelter the overwintering monarchs.

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A Letter for President Enrique Pena Nieto, President Barack Obama, and Prime Minister Stephen Harper

February 14, 2014By
A Letter for President Enrique Pena Nieto, President Barack Obama, and Prime Minister Stephen Harper

Among the countless organisms that have evolved during the history of life on earth, monarch butterflies are among the most extraordinary.

Sadly, their unique multigenerational migration across our large continent, their spectacular overwintering aggregations on the volcanic mountains in central Mexico, and their educational value to children in Canada, the United States, and Mexico are all threatened. Monitoring of the butterfly population over the past two decades indicates a grim situation.

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What College Students Can Do: Learning From Success Stories on Changing Practices and Policies

February 12, 2014By
What College Students Can Do: Learning From Success Stories on Changing Practices and Policies

Renowned NASA climate scientist Dr. Jim Hansen often opens his public lectures with a discussion of the monarch butterfly migration. He has helped his grandchildren raise milkweed on their farm and for years they have followed the life cycle of monarchs through to fall migration.

The Hansen youth have also been involved as “citizen scientists” participating in tagging the migrating monarchs.

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Monarchs and Milkweeds in Farmscapes: Making Safe Havens through Planting Conservation Strips in Highly Diverse, Low Input Fields, Orchards and Pastures

February 5, 2014By
Monarchs and Milkweeds in Farmscapes: Making Safe Havens through Planting Conservation Strips in Highly Diverse, Low Input Fields, Orchards and Pastures

It is likely that at least 170,000,000 acres of actively-sown annual field crops in American farmscapes are now depleted of their formerly-abundant milkweeds and monarch butterflies.

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Monarchs and Milkweeds on Highway, Railroad and Electrical Transmission Lines Rights-of-Way

February 3, 2014By 3 Comments
Monarchs and Milkweeds on Highway, Railroad and Electrical Transmission Lines Rights-of-Way

In the U.S. alone, there are more than 17,000,000 acres along federal, state and county highways that can potentially contribute to monarch butterfly recovery. The millions of linear miles of roadside right of ways that are dedicated to native vegetation can serve as potential habitat for monarchs as well as other butterflies, if they are […]

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