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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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Acknowledging the Blessings on the Pollen Path

March 29, 2014By
Acknowledging the Blessings on the Pollen Path

Recently Dr. Gary Paul Nabhan and I attended several meetings in Washington D. C. as part of a February leadership initiative for “Make Way for Monarchs – A Milkweed-Butterfly Recovery Alliance.”

Immediately prior to journeying north from Asheville, and about the same time the monarchs in Mexico were about to journey north…

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Citizen scientists can help monarch butterflies

March 28, 2014By
Citizen scientists can help monarch butterflies

From the age of five, Fred Urquhart was fascinated by monarch butterflies in his Toronto neighbourhood. Born in 1911, he spent hours watching the orange and black insects flutter about, wondering: Where did they go in winter?

At school, he read voraciously about nature, especially monarchs and other insects.

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Your Call: What can we do to save the monarch?

March 26, 2014By
Your Call: What can we do to save the monarch?

On today’s Your Call, we’ll talk about the plight of the monarch butterfly. Every year, monarchs migrate thousands of miles from Canada to Mexico, but their numbers are rapidly dwindling.

Habitat destruction from logging in Mexico and the elimination of milkweed in the US have brought this species to a tipping point.

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A Prayer for Monarch Butterflies

March 15, 2014By
A Prayer for Monarch Butterflies

In an article in The New York Times, Lincoln Brower and Homero Aridjis note the winter monarch colonies near Mexico City have shrunk considerably.

Between 1993 and 2003, they covered an average of 22 acres; this year’s area hit a record low of 2.3 acres. Like the loss of bees, the decline of the…

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Contact Your State Legislatures

March 12, 2014By
Contact Your State Legislatures

The following draft resolution–based on analogous state legislative initiatives in California, Minnesota, New Mexico and Oregon, offer a non-partisan means of assessing whether there are risks to farmer’s profitability and to state food security due to recent declines of honey bees, bumblebees, monarch butterflies and other pollinators.

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Farmers as “Butterfly People;” William Leach’s Call to Remember and Restore Monarchs to Their Proper Place in Agrarian Landscapes

March 12, 2014By
Farmers as “Butterfly People;” William Leach’s Call to Remember and Restore Monarchs to Their Proper Place in Agrarian Landscapes

A simple but easily-forgotten fact about American farmers was recently revealed in what may be the most innovative social history of our continent since Howard Zinn wrote A People’s History of the United States thirty-five years ago.

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The Source: Monarch Migration Under Threat

March 6, 2014By
The Source: Monarch Migration Under Threat

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.

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