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Monarch Butterflies

A Bold Plan for Saving Pollinators

Jared Green | Posted 07.01.2015 | Green
Jared Green

Clearly, more is needed to restore pollinators to health. According to the speakers, a key piece of the puzzle is bringing back nutritious forage wherever possible. Let's start with better integrating forage opportunities along highways.

Kate Sheppard

Government Pledges $3 Million To Save Monarch Butterfly

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 02.11.2015 | Green

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and environmental partners announced a program Monday aimed at regrowing critical habitat for the imp...

Dead of Winter -- End of Life With Lightness

Gerit Quealy | Posted 04.07.2015 | Healthy Living
Gerit Quealy

So, violent death we're used to... but natural death? Shhh, don't talk about that. Don't acknowledge it. Try to prevent it. Outlive it, outrun it, outsmart it. Stick a tube or a wire or a needle into it stat!

40 Years Ago the World 'Discovered' Mexico's Monarch Habitat -- Today Its Survival Is at Stake

Homero Aridjis | Posted 03.22.2015 | World
Homero Aridjis

The main culprit for this precipitous decline is no longer logging in the reserve (although that still takes place) but the huge increase in land planted with genetically modified, herbicide resistant soybean and corn crops (93 percent of total soybean acreage and 85 percent of corn acreage in 2013) in the U.S. Corn Belt.

The Monarch Butterfly May Soon Be Protected By The Endangered Species Act

Reuters | Posted 03.01.2015 | Green

By Laura Zuckerman (Reuters) - Monarch butterflies may warrant U.S. Endangered Species Act protection because of farm-related habitat lo...

Good News For The Monarch Butterfly

AP | By MARK STEVENSON | Posted 12.02.2014 | Green

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Deforestation is down in the Mexican forest that is the winter home of Monarch butterflies, and scientists also hope to see a reb...

Mystery Cloud Turns Out To Have Surprising Explanation

The Huffington Post | Dominique Mosbergen | Posted 09.25.2014 | Science

Meteorologists in St. Louis were baffled last week when radar images showed a strange butterfly-shaped cloud passing overhead on its way south. Th...

Why Monarch Butterflies Need Endangered Species Act Protection

Carol Polsgrove | Posted 11.22.2014 | Green
Carol Polsgrove

As monarch butterflies make their long journey from the U.S. to Mexico this fall, let's pause to consider the 90 percent drop in their numbers over the past twenty years.

Finding One's Voice: This Week In Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 10.17.2014 | Impact
Ari Nessel

In 2013, I began giving a seed grant every single day of the year to a social change visionary with a practical plan to make their community and the w...

REVEALED: Anatomical Key To Monarchs' Amazing Migration

AP | MALCOLM RITTER | Posted 06.24.2014 | Science

NEW YORK (AP) — A new study suggests that monarch butterflies use an internal magnetic compass to help navigate on their annual migrations from Nort...

The Magical Migration of the Monarch

Maria Rodale | Posted 07.21.2014 | Green
Maria Rodale

Everyone loves a monarch butterfly! They are a magical symbol of summertime, transformation, and the health of the environment. But let's face it; they're a bit complicated to understand.

Bring Back the Monarchs!

Chip Taylor | Posted 07.16.2014 | Green
Chip Taylor

Monarch Watch is built on the idea that all of us acting together can be a powerful force for good. By planting milkweeds and other nectar rich flowers, we can throw a lifeline to monarchs and their fellow pollinators.

Four Inspirational Food Leaders Honored at Growing Green Awards

Peter Lehner | Posted 07.14.2014 | Home
Peter Lehner

Through the efforts of these inspirational educators, practitioners and advocates, we are beginning to make farming and food production more sustainable, and to change the way we eat as a nation.

The 'Heavenly' Sound Of 1 Million Butterflies

OWN | Posted 04.04.2014 | OWN

In late August each year, monarch butterflies migrate roughly 2,000 miles from southern Canada to an isolated area in the forests of central Mexico. T...

Monarch Butterflies: Industrial Agricultural Warfare Is Killing Them, Us

Ellen Moyer, Ph.D. | Posted 06.04.2014 | Green
Ellen Moyer, Ph.D.

I saw only five monarch butterflies last summer at my home in western Massachusetts. I was thrilled and relieved, but sad, each time. It has been 52 years since Carson sounded the alarm about the devastating effects of pesticides. Haven't we learned that agricultural warfare is not the answer?

Encourage Your Kids to Be Eco-Adventurers

Neale Godfrey | Posted 05.19.2014 | Parents
Neale Godfrey

Following a winter that was exceptionally harsh for much of the United States, spring has finally returned. Milder weather, longer days, and the re-emergence of flowers and creatures should remind us of the wonders of nature that are just outside our doors. Help your kids to appreciate and understand the eco-world around us.

How to Master Butterfly Pose

Lilly Barels | Posted 05.11.2014 | Hawaii
Lilly Barels

What the caterpillar calls the end of the world, the rest of the world calls butterfly. -- Richard Bach A friend gave my son two caterpillars in a...

Mexico, U.S. And Canada Team Up To Save Monarchs

AP | Posted 04.22.2014 | World

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico, the United States and Canada have agreed to form a working group on the conservation of Monarch butterflies, whose number...

Save the Monarchs, Spread the Milkweed

Maria Rodale | Posted 04.12.2014 | Green
Maria Rodale

I'm one of those people who need to explore my surroundings, so when I found myself in Pacific Grove, California, for a conference, I couldn't leave...

Last Call For Monarchs

Homero Aridjis | Posted 11.21.2014 | World
Homero Aridjis

2014-02-07-monarchbutterflymigrationhorero.jpg There has been a dramatic plunge in the monarch butterfly population that overwinters in Mexico after flying thousands of miles south from the northern and eastern United States and southern Canada. On the 20th anniversary of NAFTA, I (and all who cherish the monarch butterfly) am urging Presidents Enrique Peña Nieto and Barack Obama and Prime Minister Stephen Harper to put monarch survival on the agenda of their February 19-20 summit meeting in Toluca, in the state of Mexico.

Well, Monarch Butterfly Numbers Have Officially Hit A Record Low

AP | MARK STEVENSON | Posted 02.14.2014 | Green

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The stunning and little-understood annual migration of millions of Monarch butterflies to spend the winter in Mexico is in danger...

Bad News For Monarch Butterflies

AP | MARK STEVENSON | Posted 09.09.2013 | Green

MEXICO CITY -- A new study of the Monarch butterflies' winter nesting grounds in central Mexico says small-scale logging is worse than previously thou...

Mexico's Top 4 Wildlife Adventures

Natural Habitat Adventures | Posted 07.24.2013 | Travel
Natural Habitat Adventures

There's a wild side of Mexico that few travelers experience. Here are four wondrous nature adventures you shouldn't miss.

Connecting the Dots: GMOs and Our Food Future

Kristin Wartman | Posted 05.26.2013 | Green
Kristin Wartman

To say that GMO crops pose no threat to consumers when their use is clearly debilitating this vital butterfly species, is a careless misrepresentation of the long-term effects these novel crops are having on our food systems and perhaps the very foundation of a secure food future.

Migrating Monarch Butterflies Drop By 'Truly Alarming' 59 Percent

AP | MARK STEVENSON | Posted 03.14.2013 | Green

MEXICO CITY -- The number of monarch butterflies making it to their winter refuge in Mexico dropped 59 percent this year, falling to the lowest level ...