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Celebrating Mother’s Day with great plants for pollinators

May 9, 2014By
Celebrating Mother’s Day with great plants for pollinators

Each year for Mother’s Day, flowers are the “gift of choice” for Moms since they represent such colorful beauty, fragrance and intricate designs.

Whether it is a vase of fresh cut flowers, an indoor arrangement or perennials for the outside garden, flowers help us express our heart-felt sentiment on Mother’s Day…

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Monarch Decline

May 1, 2014By
Monarch Decline

The migratory monarch butterfly population has been decimated in recent years, with a total population decline of 90 percent over the past two decades.

But the dying butterflies are a bellweather for even bigger environmental damage.

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Michelle Obama creates first-ever ‘pollinator garden’ at the White House

April 30, 2014By
Michelle Obama creates first-ever ‘pollinator garden’ at the White House

The sixth edition of Michelle Obama’s White House Kitchen Garden, planted on the South Lawn earlier this month, is now a bit more friendly to the insects we rely upon to pollinate our crops.

The First Lady announced the addition of the first-ever “White House Pollinator Garden,” a plot designed to not only assist the more than 70,000 bees that make up the White House…

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Field Notes from White House: Listening to an Unprecedented Alliance of Stakeholders for Bee and Monarch Butterfly Recovery

April 30, 2014By
Field Notes from White House: Listening to an Unprecedented Alliance of Stakeholders for Bee and Monarch Butterfly Recovery

It was a dark and stormy day in Washington DC when sixty thought leaders from the farm community, industry, government and non-profits met next to the White House grounds to discuss pollinators; we could hardly see First Lady Michelle Obama’s new pollinator garden through all the pouring rain.

Nevertheless, it was cause for celebration…

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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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Download the new Make Way for Monarchs Posters!

April 30, 2014By
Download the new Make Way for Monarchs Posters!

Download and print your own free Make Way for Monarchs poster. It’s designed to print for about a dollar at any quick printer, like Kinkos or OfficeMax, using a laser printer.

The image is 12 x 18 inches…

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Lowly milkweed may be key to monarch recovery

April 29, 2014By
Lowly milkweed may be key to monarch recovery

Every autumn, millions of monarch butterflies migrate south to the forested uplands of central Mexico’s Sierra Madre Occidental range.

Historically, so many butterflies make the journey — some from as far north as Canada — that researchers cannot possibly count them all.

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