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State of Milkweed Seedstock Availability for Monarch Habitat Restoration

April 30, 2014By
State of Milkweed Seedstock Availability for Monarch Habitat Restoration

According to several widely-cited refereed journal articles, monarch butterfly populations may have declined precipitously over the last decade due to a number of man-made and natural factors…

dramatic reduction in milkweed densities on a hundred million or more acres of row crop farmlands due to intensified glyphosate use in weed management practices…

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Why Monarch Art Matters

April 17, 2014By
Why Monarch Art Matters

Paul Mirocha’s elegant, precise and moving illustrations of monarchs and milkweeds have already begun to grace our website and public presentations, thanks to support recently received from the Compton Foundation.

He is considered by many to be among the most widely respected biological illustrators in North America, and his work has been featured on many…

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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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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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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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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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Monarchs and Milkweeds in Farmscapes: Making Safe Havens through Planting Conservation Strips in Highly Diverse, Low Input Fields, Orchards and Pastures

February 5, 2014By
Monarchs and Milkweeds in Farmscapes: Making Safe Havens through Planting Conservation Strips in Highly Diverse, Low Input Fields, Orchards and Pastures

It is likely that at least 170,000,000 acres of actively-sown annual field crops in American farmscapes are now depleted of their formerly-abundant milkweeds and monarch butterflies.

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