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The Year the Monarch Didn’t Appear

February 4, 2014By
The Year the Monarch Didn’t Appear

On the first of November, when Mexicans celebrate a holiday called the Day of the Dead, some also celebrate the millions of monarch butterflies that, without fail, fly to the mountainous fir forests of central Mexico on that day. They are believed to be souls of the dead, returned. This year, for or the first […]

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Setting the Table for a Regal Butterfly Comeback, With Milkweed

February 4, 2014By 0 Comments
Setting the Table for a Regal Butterfly Comeback, With Milkweed

Bounding out of a silver Ford pickup into the single-digit wind-flogged flatness that is Iowa in December, Laura Jackson strode to a thicket of desiccated sticks and plucked a paisley-shaped prize. It was a pod that, after a gentle squeeze, burst with chocolate brown buttons: seeds of milkweed, the favored — indeed, the only — […]

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Monarchs and Milkweeds on Highway, Railroad and Electrical Transmission Lines Rights-of-Way

February 3, 2014By 3 Comments
Monarchs and Milkweeds on Highway, Railroad and Electrical Transmission Lines Rights-of-Way

In the U.S. alone, there are more than 17,000,000 acres along federal, state and county highways that can potentially contribute to monarch butterfly recovery. The millions of linear miles of roadside right of ways that are dedicated to native vegetation can serve as potential habitat for monarchs as well as other butterflies, if they are […]

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Monarch Migration Plunges to Lowest Level in Decades

February 2, 2014By
Monarch Migration Plunges to Lowest Level in Decades

The number of monarch butterflies that completed an annual migration to their winter home in a Mexican forest sank this year to its lowest level in at least two decades, due mostly to extreme weather and changed farming practices in North America, the Mexican government and a conservation alliance reported on Wednesday. The area of […]

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