Monarchs In The News!

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What a week!

My dear friend Nancy who lives in Mexico went to see the Monarchs at their overwintering spot in Michoacán, Mexico.  The pictures and videos she posted were breathtakingly awesome and she said that it is even more spectacular to see in person.

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The news was good, the Monarch numbers were up from recent years!

http://www.worldwildlife.org/stories/survey-shows-69-increase-in-area-occupied-by-monarch-butterflies

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But then this happened:

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2016/3/10/1499281/-Mexico-s-monarch-butterflies-die-in-unusual-cold-storm-while-US-conservation-effort-also-imperiled

I was so sad. 

http://valleycentral.com/news/mexico/snow-hits-monarch-butterfly-reserve-in-mexico

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This is encouraging but they still are in danger and need our help.

Spring is almost here.  Order and plant some (neonicotinoid free) Milkweed this year.

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Here are some great places that sell it:

http://www.prairienursery.com/

http://www.highcountrygardens.com/?gclid=CJnzuMffu8sCFQwPaQodnRkGxg

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Remember, milkweed is the ONLY thing the Monarch caterpillar eats.

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Another way to help:

https://gifts.worldwildlife.org/gift-center/gifts/species-adoptions/monarch-butterfly.aspx

If you are interested in visiting the Monarch sanctuary in Mexico:

http://www.visitmexico.com/en/michoacan-where-monarch-butterflies-migrate

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It is on my bucket list for sure!

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5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Nancy
    Mar 12, 2016 @ 20:13:31

    It was a magical thing to see. I think in the future it will be more restricted for visitors. The gasses our bodies expell and heat we generate throws the system off. This is such a fragile niche these Monarchs fill. The lose of the trees from this storm is very serious. They absolutely need the protection of these trees.
    Maybe the hardiest survived and they can adjust to a thinning canopy of pines.

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    • ruthschickensruthschickens
      Mar 13, 2016 @ 00:49:16

      If we do all we can to support them it will help. The more that make it back to Mexico each year, the more will survive. We need to plant milkweed for the caterpillars and nectar plants for food, especially asters and other fall flowers for the migration. I hope to see the sanctuary some day.

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  2. Barbara Faust
    Mar 12, 2016 @ 19:42:55

    Well I was HAPPY all of 10 seconds, reading that the Monarch numbers had gone UP until the COLD came and drug the numbers back DOWN again.

    Nothing MOTHERLY about the cruel way Mother Nature treats her Earthly inhabitants, in my opinion.

    MILKWEED it is then, and I hope it is a hardy plant cause I was born without a GREEN thumb…

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    • ruthschickensruthschickens
      Mar 13, 2016 @ 00:46:01

      I am happy that the numbers were up because I know it was from the efforts of people like us. We can bounce back from this set back and yes, milkweed is very hardy. It is becoming hard to get- some are sold out. I guess that is a good thing!

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  3. slcriger
    Mar 12, 2016 @ 19:19:59

    cool…I love them butterflies

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