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Wildlife foundation unveils $3.3 million in monarch butterfly grants

September 29, 2015By
Wildlife foundation unveils $3.3 million in monarch butterfly grants

A national wildlife group awarded $3.3 million in grants Monday in its initial push to stem the worrisome decline of monarch butterflies, hoping the effort helps restore as much as 33,000 acres of habitat for the black-and-orange insect.

The 22 grants announced by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation will be matched by more than $6.7 million from the recipients, who are in more than a dozen states and among 115 applicants for funds in the conservation effort launched earlier this year.

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Make Way for Monarchs Joins the Monarch Joint Venture

September 22, 2015By
Make Way for Monarchs Joins the Monarch Joint Venture

Make Way for Monarchs Alliance is the newest partner to join the Monarch Joint Venture. Make Way for Monarchs brings together farmers, scientists, writers and artists to raise awareness about the dilemma faced by monarchs and milkweed across North America.

We are pleased to welcome the Arizona and North Carolina based grassroots organization into our partnership.

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Weed Whackers

September 7, 2015By
Weed Whackers

On a Friday evening in January, a thousand people at the annual California Native Plant Society conference in San Jose settled down to a banquet and a keynote speech delivered by an environmental historian named Jared Farmer.

His chosen topic was the eucalyptus tree and its role in California’s ecology and history. The address did not go well. Eucalyptus is not a native plant but a Victorian import from Australia. In the eyes of those gathered at the San Jose DoubleTree, it qualified as “invasive,” “exotic,” “alien” — all dirty words to this crowd…

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Make Way for Monarchs to participate in National Moral Action on Climate Rally on September 24

September 3, 2015By
Make Way for Monarchs to participate in National Moral Action on Climate Rally on September 24

Thursday, Sept 24, 2015 will be a not-soon-to-be forgotten date on the National Mall in Washington, DC. Hundreds of thousands are expected to gather to acknowledge Pope Francis’s momentous visit to the US as he delivers a first-ever papal address to the Joint Session of Congress.

But what makes this event even more memorable is the connection to the Pope’s Encyclical letter, Laudato Si, that he issued in June.

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Pennsylvania 5, Iowa 4: Caterpillar Report

August 31, 2015By
Pennsylvania 5, Iowa 4: Caterpillar Report

Happy Valley is not as happy as it used to be. But maybe the news I report here will help Penn State people perk up a bit (well, o.k., a tiny bit).

My younger sister (I throw her that sop to make up for needling her on every birthday about becoming an old geezer) proudly reported that the milkweeds she planted in her backyard had not only attracted a few Monarchs, they were now harboring four Monarch larvae (caterpillars).

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The Corn Belt tightens the belt on Monarchs

August 31, 2015By
The Corn Belt tightens the belt on Monarchs

One of my most vivid childhood memories from Iowa’s corn country is watching clouds of monarch butterflies dance around the milkweed patch by our back steps and finding caterpillars on the leaves.

My brother and I raised them, as many kids do.

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Farmer involvement critical to preserving Monarch butterflies

August 31, 2015By
Farmer involvement critical to preserving Monarch butterflies

Monarch butterflies are known for their beauty and considered a national treasure. Although Monarch populations have been declining, farmers can help to play an important role in writing the plan not only to preserve them, but to increase their population.

The Monarch butterfly is the only known butterfly species to make a two-way migration, much as birds do. Each spring, they journey from wintering grounds in Mexico to the northern U.S. and Canada.

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Monarch Butterflies Fate Could Be Predicted By Milkweed Grown In CO2 Chambers

August 31, 2015By
Monarch Butterflies Fate Could Be Predicted By Milkweed Grown In CO2 Chambers

Scientists at the University of Michigan are working on a long-term project to help predict how monarchs will respond to climate change, and what we can do to save them.

Milkweed grown in carbon dioxide-filled chambers could help scientists predict the fate of monarch butterflies. The monarch butterfly population is already on the decline, and milkweed is their primary food source.

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