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As Dwindling Monarch Butterflies Make Their Migration, Feds Try to Save Them

Friday, October 10th, 2014

By Eve Conant, National Geographic CAPE MAY POINT, New Jersey—Two years ago migrating monarch butterflies transformed the lush gardens of Cape May Point into a series of “giant orange snowglobes.” That’s how Mark Garland of the Monarch Monitoring Project describes the good monarch days, the kind of days when thousands fly overhead. There’s been no Read more …


Seeds for bees: Worries drive new plantings for pollinators

Monday, October 6th, 2014

By Dan Gunderson, MPR News Jim Johansen harvests native grass seeds that his company sells to farmers for conservation projects. But seed demand is shifting to native wildflowers. Worry over the widespread deaths of honey bees has led the seed company Prairie Restoration to increase production of plants that provide habitat for pollinators, including bees Read more …


José Andrés: Why We Need to Protect Monarch Butterflies

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014

By José Andrés, The Plate – I have a special connection to monarch butterflies. If you’ve been to my Mexican restaurant in Washington, DC, you may understand. You see, the beautiful mobiles of butterflies twirling from the ceiling represent this forest located in Central Mexico filled with Oyamel fir trees, which is also the Read more …


Researchers: Keep An Eye Out For Tagged Monarch Butterflies

Monday, September 22nd, 2014

By Monica Spain, KPLU 88.5 If you’re lucky enough to spot a lacy monarch butterfly as it heads south for winter, look closely. You might see something unusual on its wing. In a town in northern California, a young girl noticed a white sticker with an email address on a butterfly’s wing when it landed Read more …


‘Canary in the cornfield': monarch butterfly may get threatened species status

Monday, September 8th, 2014

By Morgan Erickson-Davis, Monarch butterflies were once a common sight throughout the North American heartland. In Mexico, where they overwinter, single trees would often be covered in thousands. But declines in milkweed – their caterpillars’ only source of food – have led to a 90 percent decline in monarch numbers. Now, the U.S. Fish Read more …


Loss of habitat, milkweed cited in fall of monarch butterflies

Monday, September 8th, 2014

By Rick Wills, Trib Total Media As many as 50 people could attend the monarch butterfly tagging event on Saturday in Moraine State Park. Yet the group will be lucky if it tags a single one, park officials say. “They are just not around the way they used to be. I have probably only seen Read more …


Petition Seeks to Protect Monarchs

Friday, September 5th, 2014

By Jim Lundstrom, Peninsula Pulse A legal petition was filed on Aug. 26 with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service that seeks Endangered Species Act protection for monarch butterflies. The petition says there has been a 90 percent decline in monarchs in the past two decades. The petitioners say the decline is due to the Read more …


Conservationists fight for monarch butterfly protections

Thursday, September 4th, 2014

By Brooks Hays, UPI COLLEGE STATION, Texas,– Monarch butterflies have begun their 3,000-mile trek southward; with summer coming to a close in Canada, it’s time to make their way to Mexico for the winter. It sounds like a nice life, but it’s a life that’s increasingly under siege, scientists say. Now, some are arguing federal Read more …


Groups seek glyphosate limits to protect butterflies

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014

By Mateusz Perkowski, Capital Press Monarch butterflies are declining in number due to herbicide spraying related to biotech crops, environmental groups claim. Environmental groups seeking federal protection for monarch butterflies blame the use of genetically modified crops for the insect’s steep decline. Petitioners claim that while there were as many as 1 billion monarchs as Read more …


Environmentalists Petition to Put the Monarch Butterfly on the Endangered Species List as Its Population Plummets

Thursday, August 28th, 2014

By Richard Conniff With Labor Day just ahead, people on both coasts and across the Great Plains should be celebrating the start of one of North America’s great migrations. The spectacle of monarch butterflies working their way back to their winter breeding grounds, across hundreds or thousands of miles, is the longest known insect migration Read more …


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