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How Attracting Wild Bees and Butterflies to Farms Can Save Farmers Money

April 14, 2014By
How Attracting Wild Bees and Butterflies to Farms Can Save Farmers Money

Right now in Washington and Oregon, 380,000 honeybee hives are at work pollinating cherry, pear, and apple orchards.

Last month, a million hives—three-quarters of the nation’s entire stock of commercial honeybees—were pollinating almonds in the Central Valley of California.

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White House Pressed to Protect Ailing Monarch Butterflies

April 14, 2014By
White House Pressed to Protect Ailing Monarch Butterflies

All too often, species that humans care about only get attention when they are in crisis. Such is the case with monarch butterflies.

The insect, famed for its remarkable annual migrations, faced declines in habitat on both the Mexican and American ends of its range for decades, but now is the focus of an urgent push for a rescue.

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Flagstaff can aid the epic butterfly migration by planting milkweed flowers

April 14, 2014By
Flagstaff can aid the epic butterfly migration by planting milkweed flowers

As we dream of our summer gardens, it’s time to consider adding some milkweeds. Milkweed flowers look like something from another planet: Sputnik-like bundles of little blossoms with curved prongs in pink, orange, purple and white.

At least five milkweed species connect Flagstaff to the annual migration of monarch butterflies up and down North America. In fact the Southwest Monarch Study pinpoints Flagstaff as a “monarch hotspot.”

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Scientists, Farmers and Educators Ask the President and Secretaries of Agriculture and the Interior to Jump Start Recovery of Monarch Butterflies

April 14, 2014By
Scientists, Farmers and Educators Ask the President and Secretaries of Agriculture and the Interior to Jump Start Recovery of Monarch Butterflies

In a letter delivered to the White House on Monday, leading monarch scientists, farmers, and educators asked President Obama and the Secretaries of Agriculture and the Interior to direct five federal agencies, the Natural Resources Conservation Service, Fish and Wildlife Service, Forest Service, Farm Service Agency and Bureau of Land Management, to establish a monarch butterfly recovery initiative to restore habitat for this species on both public and private lands.

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Monarch Recovery Initiative letter to President Obama, the Honorable Tom Vilsack, and the Honorable Sally Jewell

April 14, 2014By
Monarch Recovery Initiative letter to President Obama, the Honorable Tom Vilsack, and the Honorable Sally Jewell

In light of the severe decline of both the eastern and western monarch butterfly populations that has occurred since the late-1990s, we are writing to ask you to establish a multi-agency monarch butterfly recovery initiative to restore the habitats that support the extraordinary migrations of this iconic species.

We encourage you to direct the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), Farm Service Agency (FSA), and Forest Service (USFS) of the U.S. Department of…

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Day of Action and Contemplation at Brevard College’s Earthfest on April 12

April 13, 2014By
Day of Action and Contemplation at Brevard College’s Earthfest on April 12

A beauty-full spring day, surrounded by a Carolina blue sky and Redbud trees in full blossom was the perfect venue to talk about pollinators, native bees, honeybees and monarch butterflies at the annual Earthfest at Brevard College (south of Asheville, NC) on Sat. April 12, 2014.

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This Little Yard of Mine – Monarchs, Milkweeds and Music

April 8, 2014By
This Little Yard of Mine – Monarchs, Milkweeds and Music

It has been said that for any “movement” to succeed, a moving theme song is needed. That may be true.

Bob Dylan’s “The Times, They are a-changing” and “Blowing in the Wind”; Pete Seeger’s “We Shall Overcome” and “Where Have All the Flowers Gone?” and Peter, Paul and Mary’s “If I Had a Hammer” are but a tiny sample of the soul-moving tunes that come to mind when thinking of the 1960s civil rights movement.

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Better Learning with Monarch Butterflies

April 5, 2014By
Better Learning with Monarch Butterflies

Stephanie Spencer considers monarch butterflies a staple of classroom learning. As a first grade teacher, she brought monarchs into her classroom to illustrate required content on life cycles.

Years later she began teaching third grade, and monarchs became the focus of her unit on migration.

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