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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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As pesticides wipe out Monarch butterflies in the U.S., illegal logging is doing the same in Mexico

August 31, 2015By
As pesticides wipe out Monarch butterflies in the U.S., illegal logging is doing the same in Mexico

The news was already bad. Really, really bad.

Monarch butterflies that alight from Mexico and fly across the United States to Canada are being massacred. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service laid out a grim statistic in February: Nearly a billion have vanished since 1990…

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GMOs, Herbicides, and Public Health

August 31, 2015By
GMOs, Herbicides, and Public Health

Genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are not high on most physicians’ worry lists. If we think at all about biotechnology, most of us probably focus on direct threats to human health, such as prospects for converting pathogens to biologic weapons or the implications of new technologies for editing the human germline.

But while those debates simmer, the application of biotechnology to agriculture has been rapid and aggressive.

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Seven steps to help bring butterflies home

August 31, 2015By
Seven steps to help bring butterflies home

Want to help monarch butterflies? Encourage a local school, faith group, business or institution with gardens or green space to add more milkweed and butterfly-friendly plants.

Here are the seven steps to planting the seeds for growing a butterfly garden in your community…

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Binational Workshops Build International Cooperation in Monarch and Milkweed Recovery

August 29, 2015By
Binational Workshops Build International Cooperation in Monarch and Milkweed Recovery

Eighteen months after the Tres Amigos (Mexican, U.S., and Canadian leaders) agreed to collaborate one monarch butterfly recovery, we can at least see this vision reaching across borders to take hold at the grass roots level. Thanks to technical and financial support from many agencies, universities and non-profits, August 2015 was the season for hands-on…

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Saving the Migration – A Newsy Documentary

August 21, 2015By
Saving the Migration – A Newsy Documentary

This is a wonderful 14 minute video with Chip Taylor, Carol Davit and others on monarchs’ future. We recommend this Newsy Documentary.

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Effort to save monarch butterfly gets $20 million boost

August 21, 2015By
Effort to save monarch butterfly gets $20 million boost

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced a $20 million plan Thursday to restore the monarch butterfly. Director Dan Ashe told MPR News host Tom Weber that the Service will “dedicate $4 million in funding for monarch conservation in the next year.”

The funding will repeat over the next five years.

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