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Monarch butterfly population makes a modest rebound

Thursday, January 29th, 2015

By Peter Fimrite, SF Gate The troubled monarch butterfly, whose winter migration is one of the most remarkable of any species, rebounded this year, raising hopes for the brilliant orange and black insect, according to the yearly count. Some 56.5 million monarchs are gathered in Mexico for the winter after their amazing trek across the Read more …


Monarch butterflies rebound slightly amid milkweed planting

Wednesday, January 28th, 2015

By Bruce Finley, The Denver Post The latest monarch butterfly count found that the population poised to migrate through the United States rebounded from last year’s record low — but still ranks second-lowest on record. Monarch numbers increased to 56.5 million from 33.5 million, according to data collected by the World Wildlife Fund and announced Read more …


Monarch butterfly count rises as conservationists warn of extinction

Tuesday, January 27th, 2015

By Reuters A tally of monarch butterflies wintering in Mexico rose to 56. 5 million this year from a record low of 34 million last year but conservationists said on Tuesday the increase was too slight to reduce the threat of extinction facing the insect. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said last month the Read more …


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 …


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