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Precariousness For Pollinators: Monarch Butterflies & Honeybees In Decline

April 17, 2014By
Precariousness For Pollinators: Monarch Butterflies & Honeybees In Decline

Insect ecologist Chip Taylor is a friend to both the monarch butterfly and the honeybee. He’s been tracking monarchs and restoring their habitats since 1992.

And he’s worked with bees in French Guiana, Venezuela and Mexico.

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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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Vermont New Farmer Project – Upcoming Webinar with John Hayden

April 16, 2014By
Vermont New Farmer Project – Upcoming Webinar with John Hayden

Enhancing Native Pollinator Populations on Farms. We need these farming partners to pollinate our fruit and vegetable crops, yet our native pollinators and honey bees are struggling from multiple threats of pesticide exposure, habitat loss, parasites and diseases.

John Hayden from The Farm Between in Jeffersonville, VT will present on who the native pollinators are, why they are in trouble…

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How Attracting Wild Bees and Butterflies to Farms Can Save Farmers Money

April 14, 2014By
How Attracting Wild Bees and Butterflies to Farms Can Save Farmers Money

Right now in Washington and Oregon, 380,000 honeybee hives are at work pollinating cherry, pear, and apple orchards.

Last month, a million hives—three-quarters of the nation’s entire stock of commercial honeybees—were pollinating almonds in the Central Valley of California.

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White House Pressed to Protect Ailing Monarch Butterflies

April 14, 2014By
White House Pressed to Protect Ailing Monarch Butterflies

All too often, species that humans care about only get attention when they are in crisis. Such is the case with monarch butterflies.

The insect, famed for its remarkable annual migrations, faced declines in habitat on both the Mexican and American ends of its range for decades, but now is the focus of an urgent push for a rescue.

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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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Scientists, Farmers and Educators Ask the President and Secretaries of Agriculture and the Interior to Jump Start Recovery of Monarch Butterflies

April 14, 2014By
Scientists, Farmers and Educators Ask the President and Secretaries of Agriculture and the Interior to Jump Start Recovery of Monarch Butterflies

In a letter delivered to the White House on Monday, leading monarch scientists, farmers, and educators asked President Obama and the Secretaries of Agriculture and the Interior to direct five federal agencies, the Natural Resources Conservation Service, Fish and Wildlife Service, Forest Service, Farm Service Agency and Bureau of Land Management, to establish a monarch butterfly recovery initiative to restore habitat for this species on both public and private lands.

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Monarch Recovery Initiative letter to President Obama, the Honorable Tom Vilsack, and the Honorable Sally Jewell

April 14, 2014By
Monarch Recovery Initiative letter to President Obama, the Honorable Tom Vilsack, and the Honorable Sally Jewell

In light of the severe decline of both the eastern and western monarch butterfly populations that has occurred since the late-1990s, we are writing to ask you to establish a multi-agency monarch butterfly recovery initiative to restore the habitats that support the extraordinary migrations of this iconic species.

We encourage you to direct the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), Farm Service Agency (FSA), and Forest Service (USFS) of the U.S. Department of…

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