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Monarch Butterfly

Climate Change Is Destroying Monarch Butterflies' Habitat In Mexico

Quartz | Jesselyn Cook | Posted 08.31.2016 | World

In the winter months of 2015-2016, monarch butterflies had their best migration in years, arriving in record numbers to the Central Mexico forests whe...

Native American Tribes Providing Land, Food To Protect Monarch Butterflies

Reuters | Nina Golgowski | Posted 05.11.2016 | Good News

Seven Native American tribes in Oklahoma will provide habitat and food on their lands for monarch butterflies, whose numbers have plummeted in recent ...

Endangered Monarch Butterflies Face Their Greatest Threat High in the Hills of Central Mexico

Homero Aridjis | Posted 05.05.2016 | World
Homero Aridjis

MEXICO CITY -- Migratory monarch butterflies, which flock to the mountains of central Mexico every winter, are severely endangered because of herbicides, extreme weather and climate change. Now, a Mexican mining company with a terrible environmental record plans to reopen a mine in the heart of a protected monarch reserve.

Eastern Monarch Butterflies May Be At Risk Of Extinction Within 20 Years

The Huffington Post | Hilary Hanson | Posted 03.29.2016 | Science

North America’s eastern monarch butterflies may still be at risk of extinction, despite recent increases in their population. The population of east...

Monarch Butterfly Population Soars, Thanks To Conservation Efforts

The Huffington Post | Elyse Wanshel | Posted 03.03.2016 | Good News

Social butterflies, indeed. The World Wildlife Fund has announced that upon the monarch butterflies’ return to its winter grounds -- a cluster of mo...

A Life-Changing Trip: The Monarch Butterfly Migration in Mexico

Paula Froelich | Posted 02.04.2016 | Travel
Paula Froelich

The walk is more than worth it though. As I struggled to catch my breath, I looked up and lost my breath again -- from the sheer magnitude of what I was witnessing. At first glance, the trees had turned into amorphous shapes, but on closer inspection, every inch of them was covered in butterflies.

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...

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...

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.

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 w...

Will This City Ban Butterfly Releases?

The Huffington Post | Lydia O'Connor | Posted 12.04.2013 | Green

San Francisco may be the first major city to ban the release of commercially bred butterflies, a popular ceremonial practice at weddings that environm...

Milkweeds and Monarchs

Maria Rodale | Posted 08.25.2012 | Healthy Living
Maria Rodale

Once, a few years ago, I saw these incredible flowers--kind of like giant mauve disco-ball chandeliers. When I inquired, I was told they were an incre...

Monarch Butterfly Population Cut By Up To 50 Percent This Year

Yahoo! Green | Melissa Breyer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

This year may be one of the worst for the monarch butterfly, experts are reporting. Severe hailstorms in Mexico (one of the monarch's winter homes)...