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Rachel Carson and Monarch Butterflies

March 4, 2014By
Rachel Carson and Monarch Butterflies

Each year, the return of the Monarch butterflies marks the transition from the busy summer season to a more relaxed autumn.

Last September 10 was the 50th anniversary of a letter that was written by Rachel Carson on her last full day in Maine to her dear friend Dorothy Freeman.

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Introduction to the Call for Contemplation and Action for Monarchs and Other Imperiled Pollinators April 14th, on the 50th Anniversary of Rachel Carson’s Death

March 3, 2014By
Introduction to the Call for Contemplation and Action for Monarchs and Other Imperiled Pollinators April 14th, on the 50th Anniversary of Rachel Carson’s Death

We welcome America’s rural and urban communities, faith-based communities, college and university campuses, community gardens and botanical gardens, as well as non-profits of all kinds to join us in a day of action and contemplation for imperiled pollinators from…

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Canary in the Cornfield: Why the Fuss about Monarchs?

March 2, 2014By
Canary in the Cornfield: Why the Fuss about Monarchs?

Everyone is talking about the record low count of monarchs at their overwintering site in Mexico, but what does the science say is happening to them and why does it matter?

Monarch butterflies have a special place in the North American imagination. They are beautiful, plentiful, and have a legendary predator-repelling capacity.

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WSW: The Path of the Monarch Butterfly

February 28, 2014By
WSW: The Path of the Monarch Butterfly

Western Michigan University Biological Sciences Professor Stephen Malcolm says the population of the monarch butterfly in North America has dropped over the last 20 years.

Malcolm was among a group of scientists that signed a letter delivered to President Obama, Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

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Tucson Welcome International Assistance for Migratory Insect

February 25, 2014By
Tucson Welcome International Assistance for Migratory Insect

Monarch butterflies are relatively small insects that participate in one of nature’s most impressive migrations, but many scientists and other professionals are concerned about their long-term survival.

The butterflies can travel from their wintering grounds in central Mexico to summer homes in the United States and Canada.

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The Save America’s Pollinators Act of 2013

February 24, 2014By
The Save America’s Pollinators Act of 2013

Pollinators—including honeybees, bumble bees, butterflies, and other insects—play an important role in our farms, flower gardens, and food.

In fact, some of the crops most important to Oregon’s agricultural economy—blueberries, raspberries, cherries, apples, vegetable seed, squash—are reliant on bees for pollination and reproduction.

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Monarchs, milkweed and the spirit of Rachel Carson

February 22, 2014By
Monarchs, milkweed and the spirit of Rachel Carson

After news broke recently that the number of migratory monarch butterflies that had arrived to winter in Mexico was the lowest since reliable records began, I went on the road on behalf of the Make Way for Monarchs initiative.

This solutions-oriented collaboration is working to place millions of additional milkweeds in toxin-free habitats this next year.

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WWF: North American Leaders Rightly Commit to Protecting Monarch Butterfly Migration

February 20, 2014By
WWF: North American Leaders Rightly Commit to Protecting Monarch Butterfly Migration

Today, President Obama, Mexican President Peña Nieto, and Canada’s Prime Minister Harper committed their nations to taking steps to protect the monarch butterfly migration‎ across Canada, the United States, and Mexico.

Recent scientific evidence by World Wildlife Fund and Mexico’s National Commission…

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