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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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The Farmland Decline of Monarch Butterflies and Bees: What Do Our Food Choices Have to Do With It?

April 5, 2014By
The Farmland Decline of Monarch Butterflies and Bees: What Do Our Food Choices Have to Do With It?

On your way to being seated at Oyamel in Washington D.C., you pass stunning mobiles of orange and black monarchs, the now-imperiled butterfly that winters in the sacred oyamel fir forests of Central Mexico.

But once you look at the menu, you read that Chef Jose Andrés is donating one dollar for each Taco de Puerco Estilo Apatzingan to the preservation of monarch…

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Spring Has Sprung: The Sixth-Annual White House Garden Planting

April 5, 2014By
Spring Has Sprung: The Sixth-Annual White House Garden Planting

Yesterday, the First Lady welcomed local students and FoodCorps leaders on the South Lawn for the sixth-annual planting of the White House Kitchen Garden.

The garden was first planted in 2009 to commence a nationwide conversation on healthy eating and inspired the First Lady to launch Let’s Move!

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When You Plant Flowers This Spring, Think Pollinator Forages, Phenologies and Partnerships

April 2, 2014By
When You Plant Flowers This Spring, Think Pollinator Forages, Phenologies and Partnerships

More than ever before, Americans are looking at their planting of flowers on their land in their gardens in a broader context, one that includes colors and fragrance, but extends beyond our own perception of those attractions to how pollinators themselves perceive them.

The reason for this paradigm shift is obvious to anyone who has been reading the news…

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Homero Aridjis on the Genesis of the Monarch Letter

March 31, 2014By
Homero Aridjis on the Genesis of the Monarch Letter

When news of the drastic drop in monarch numbers overwintering in Mexico this season broke on January 29th, I was quoted by Associated Press as saying “I think President Obama should take some step to support the survival of the Monarch butterflies.

The governments of the United States and Canada have washed their hands of the problem, and left it all to Mexico.”

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