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Monarch butterfly migration was off this year and researchers are worried

January 21, 2018By
Monarch butterfly migration was off this year and researchers are worried

Thanksgiving was right around the corner, and a sizable number of one of America’s most famous migrants could be seen still sputtering south. Not across the Texas-Mexico border, where most monarch butterflies should be by that time of year. These fluttered tardily through the migratory funnel that is Cape May, N.J., their iconic orange-and-black patterns splashing against the muted green of pines frosted by the season’s first chill.

This delayed migration is not normal, and it alarmed monarch researchers across the country.

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Monarch butterflies head north as Mexican scientists try to move their forest

March 19, 2017By
Monarch butterflies head north as Mexican scientists try to move their forest

One of the hottest winters in history poses good news and bad news for migrating Monarch butterflies this season. The good news: warm weather and well-timed rains translate into a grand wildflower season with plenty of milkweed in South Texas.

The bad news: those same high temperatures in Mexico where the Monarchs overwinter mean that many butterflies have burned up much of their stored winter fats, creating a lack of fuel and extra stress for their journey north.

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Monarch Butterflies Fate Could Be Predicted By Milkweed Grown In CO2 Chambers

August 31, 2015By
Monarch Butterflies Fate Could Be Predicted By Milkweed Grown In CO2 Chambers

Scientists at the University of Michigan are working on a long-term project to help predict how monarchs will respond to climate change, and what we can do to save them.

Milkweed grown in carbon dioxide-filled chambers could help scientists predict the fate of monarch butterflies. The monarch butterfly population is already on the decline, and milkweed is their primary food source.

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As pesticides wipe out Monarch butterflies in the U.S., illegal logging is doing the same in Mexico

August 31, 2015By
As pesticides wipe out Monarch butterflies in the U.S., illegal logging is doing the same in Mexico

The news was already bad. Really, really bad.

Monarch butterflies that alight from Mexico and fly across the United States to Canada are being massacred. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service laid out a grim statistic in February: Nearly a billion have vanished since 1990…

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Saving the Migration – A Newsy Documentary

August 21, 2015By
Saving the Migration – A Newsy Documentary

This is a wonderful 14 minute video with Chip Taylor, Carol Davit and others on monarchs’ future. We recommend this Newsy Documentary.

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How Obama’s ‘butterfly highway’ paves way to save embattled monarchs

May 27, 2015By
How Obama’s ‘butterfly highway’ paves way to save embattled monarchs

The Obama administration is hatching a plan to establish a 1,500-mile butterfly corridor along US Interstate 35 connecting Minnesota and Texas to protect the monarch butterfly.

The majestic North American monarch is well known for both its trademark orange and black stripes as well as its epic annual migration from Canada to Mexico.

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How the White House plans to help the humble bee maintain its buzz

May 19, 2015By
How the White House plans to help the humble bee maintain its buzz

The humble bee — nuisance, threat, and linchpin of the American food supply — has won over the leader of the free world. And now President Obama is intervening on the bee’s behalf as its habitat dwindles.

On Tuesday, the Obama administration will announce the first National Strategy to Promote the Health of Honey Bees and Other Pollinators, a bureaucratic title for a plan to save the bee, other small winged animals and their breeding grounds.

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To Fight Bee Decline, Obama Proposes More Land to Feed Bees

May 19, 2015By
To Fight Bee Decline, Obama Proposes More Land to Feed Bees

The Obama administration hopes to save the bees by feeding them better. A new federal plan aims to reverse America’s declining honeybee and monarch butterfly populations by making millions of acres of federal land more bee-friendly, spending millions of dollars more on research and considering the use of fewer pesticides.

While putting different type of landscapes along highways, federal housing projects and elsewhere may not sound like much in terms of action, several bee scientists told The Associated Press that this a huge move.

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