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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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The Source: Monarch Migration Under Threat

March 6, 2014By
The Source: Monarch Migration Under Threat

Every year a generation of monarchs reach the forests of Mexico’s Michoacan region. The 2,800-mile journey south from the U.S. takes four generations of monarchs in a single year.

Millions of the butterflies turn the forest orange as they wait out the winter for six to eight months.

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Rachel Carson and Monarch Butterflies

March 4, 2014By
Rachel Carson and Monarch Butterflies

Each year, the return of the Monarch butterflies marks the transition from the busy summer season to a more relaxed autumn.

Last September 10 was the 50th anniversary of a letter that was written by Rachel Carson on her last full day in Maine to her dear friend Dorothy Freeman.

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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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Canary in the Cornfield: Why the Fuss about Monarchs?

March 2, 2014By
Canary in the Cornfield: Why the Fuss about Monarchs?

Everyone is talking about the record low count of monarchs at their overwintering site in Mexico, but what does the science say is happening to them and why does it matter?

Monarch butterflies have a special place in the North American imagination. They are beautiful, plentiful, and have a legendary predator-repelling capacity.

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WSW: The Path of the Monarch Butterfly

February 28, 2014By
WSW: The Path of the Monarch Butterfly

Western Michigan University Biological Sciences Professor Stephen Malcolm says the population of the monarch butterfly in North America has dropped over the last 20 years.

Malcolm was among a group of scientists that signed a letter delivered to President Obama, Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

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Tucson Welcome International Assistance for Migratory Insect

February 25, 2014By
Tucson Welcome International Assistance for Migratory Insect

Monarch butterflies are relatively small insects that participate in one of nature’s most impressive migrations, but many scientists and other professionals are concerned about their long-term survival.

The butterflies can travel from their wintering grounds in central Mexico to summer homes in the United States and Canada.

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