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Protection sought for plummeting monarch butterfly population

Tuesday, January 13th, 2015

By Jean Bartlett, San Jose Mercury News Recently two Ocean Shore Elementary School teachers, second grade teacher Fran Quartini and third grade teacher Sheila Gamble-Dorn, took their respective students on a field trip to the Monarch Butterfly Natural Preserve at Natural Bridges State Beach in Santa Cruz. This is an annual classroom visit for both Read more …


Gardening to Help Monarch Butterflies? Plant Natives.

Friday, January 9th, 2015

By Chris Clarke, KCET With the recent declines in numbers of monarch butterflies leading to the popular insect becoming a candidate for listing as an endangered species, more and more gardeners are thinking about growing milkweed. Milkweed, after all, if the only kind of plant monarch caterpillars can eat, and so growing milkweed in your Read more …


US government considers placing monarch butterfly on endangered list

Wednesday, January 7th, 2015

By Expositor Staff, The Manitoulin Expositor The New Year begins with a glimmering of hope for the embattled ranks of the monarch butterfly, the amazing multi-coloured insect whose continent spanning migration epitomizes warm hazy summer days for most North Americans, with the announcement that the US Fish and Wildlife Service is responding to a petition Read more …


Endangered species status review ordered for monarch butterfly

Wednesday, January 7th, 2015

By Janell Thomas, Farm Futures The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will conduct a status review of the monarch butterfly under the Endangered Species Act, it said late last month, in response to a petition from several environmental groups. The FWS says many monarchs migrate between the U.S., Mexico and Canada, logging journeys of more Read more …


The REAL Best Books of 2014

Wednesday, January 7th, 2015

By Responsible Eating and Living The REAL picks for 2014 consist of an eclectic list of 10 books that represent the wide reach of our mission here at Responsible Eating And Living, educating the public about the health and environmental benefits of transitioning to a plant-based lifestyle. Each book is outstanding in its own right. Read more …


Monarchs may win ‘endangered species’ protection

Tuesday, January 6th, 2015

By The Ecologist Endangered Species Act protection may be warranted for Monarch butterflies, according to the US Fish and Wildlife Service. The agency will now conduct a one-year status review on monarchs, which have declined by 90% in the past 20 years. The migratory butterflies are especially vulnerable as they migrate vast distances of 3,000 Read more …


Monarch butterfly considered for federal protection

Monday, January 5th, 2015

By Dylan J. Darling, The Bulletin A far-flying butterfly known to pass through Central Oregon may land on the Endangered Species list. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service last week announced that it has begun a status review for the monarch butterfly, in which the agency will determine whether the black-and-orange winged insect warrants federal Read more …


Monarch Butterflies Could Gain Endangered Species Protection

Monday, January 5th, 2015

By John R. Platt, Scientific American The flutter of a single butterfly’s wings may or may not be capable of causing tsunamis, but the loss of millions of butterflies is definitely being felt here in North America. Populations of the iconic and beloved monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus plexippus) have dropped an astonishing 96.5 percent over Read more …


Monarchs being pushed toward extinction?

Friday, January 2nd, 2015

By Lee Shearer, Athens Banner-Herald Genetically engineered crops are driving the iconic monarch butterfly toward extinction, according to scientists and environmentalits. Federal officials think they may have a case. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service this week announced a year-long review of the groups’ petition to give the monarch protection under the federal Endangered Species Read more …


Monarch butterfly may get protected status

Thursday, January 1st, 2015

By Samantha Clark, Santa Cruz Sentinel The monarch butterfly is known for its spectacular 3,000-mile migration each year from Mexico to Canada and back. “It’s a unique migration,” said Lincoln Brower, a biologist at Sweet Briar College and arguably the most established monarch butterfly expert. “Losing it will be like losing ‘Gone with the Wind’ Read more …


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