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January 14, 2020

Will Monarch Butterflies Bounce Back?

This weekend, a hundred and sixty monarch butterfly experts and enthusiasts from all over the country met in Carmel for the first-ever Western Monarch Summit, to discuss the “state of the western monarch.” The species numbers’ have been on a downward trend since the ‘80s but last winter, monarchs in California made the news because they had a really steep decline in their population, dropping to such low numbers that scientists warned they could go extinct. Everyone has been holding their breath to hear what the numbers are this year. There is good news and bad news.


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January 09, 2020

Climate change playing havoc with monarch butterfly migration.

ROSARIO, Mexico — No one knows when millions of monarch butterflies began crisscrossing North America, spending their winters clustered on the same hillsides in Central Mexico, a blaze of orange wings in the green forest.


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January 08, 2020

San Diego Butterfly Proposed for Protection under the Endangered Species Act.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced Tuesday it is proposing to list a butterfly native to San Diego County as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act.


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December 28, 2019

Beer for a Butterfly Contest Continues in 2020.

The start of a new year can mean only one thing: no, not champagne and confetti — a hunt for butterflies.


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December 27, 2019


There's a special connection between a child and a butterfly. Both seemingly float through life, carefree and innocent.


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December 18, 2019

Mysterious monarch migrations may be triggered by the angle of the Sun.

Over 20 years, citizen scientists across North America tagged more than 1 million monarch butterflies as they flitted their way southward on one of nature’s more mysterious migrations. Now, scientists analyzing data from those journeys have discovered what may trigger them: the angle of the high noon Sun—which changes over time and as one moves closer to the equator.


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November 24, 2019

What happened to the monarch butterflies? Pismo Beach grove reports record-low numbers.

According to California State Parks Interpreter Danielle Bronson, the Pismo State Beach Butterfly Grove recorded a record low number of butterflies wintering in the area this season. The results are similar to the rest of the state, which has also seen a marked decline in the fluttering population in the past year.

Volunteers from the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation counted only 2,300 butterflies at the Pismo Beach grove at this season’s annual Thanksgiving Day tally.

That number was down roughly 81 percent from the 2017 count of 12,300.


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November 21, 2019

Endangered monarch butterflies get help from Yolo Resource Conservation District.

The Yolo County Resource Conservation District is working with the Xerces Society and landowners to increase breeding and foraging habitat for western monarch butterflies across the county.


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