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The fifteen most significant initiatives positively affecting monarch butterflies since 2013’s National Pollinator Week

June 15, 2014By
The fifteen most significant initiatives positively affecting monarch butterflies since 2013’s National Pollinator Week

As 2014’s National Pollinator Week begins, it is time to think critically about what constitutes tangible actions and credible research on behalf of monarch conservation in the midst of a key moment in American conservation history. Many conservationists fear that green-washing and tokenism will distract the public from supporting the essential work…

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Make Way for Monarchs

May 15, 2014By
Make Way for Monarchs

Did you know that one in every three bites of food you take required a pollinator visit? Pollination is essential for many of our favorite foods—from almonds to vanilla, and so many fruits and vegetables in between.

The decline of pollinators around the world is threatening not only our food supply but also the function of plant communities and ecosystems.

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White House Calls Together Unprecedented Alliance for Bee and Monarch Butterfly Recovery

April 30, 2014By
White House Calls Together Unprecedented Alliance for Bee and Monarch Butterfly Recovery

In a landmark meeting in the history of insect conservation, the White House today convened diverse stakeholders to address catastrophic declines in pollinators and prioritize their recovery on a continent-wide scale. Led by White House Science Policy Advisor, Dr. John Holdren, more than fifty farmers, beekeepers, nurserymen, scientists, educators…

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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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Flagstaff can aid the epic butterfly migration by planting milkweed flowers

April 14, 2014By
Flagstaff can aid the epic butterfly migration by planting milkweed flowers

As we dream of our summer gardens, it’s time to consider adding some milkweeds. Milkweed flowers look like something from another planet: Sputnik-like bundles of little blossoms with curved prongs in pink, orange, purple and white.

At least five milkweed species connect Flagstaff to the annual migration of monarch butterflies up and down North America. In fact the Southwest Monarch Study pinpoints Flagstaff as a “monarch hotspot.”

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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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