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  • Increase in the Monarch population

    Fantastic news! Friday, February 26, 2016 with the 2015-16 eastern monarch population estimates were released.  The news is excellent, and our thanks to each of you for your hard work that contributed to the increase in the Monarch population. We still have...

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  • Milkweed Seed Collecting Time is Just Around the Corner

    I noticed yesterday that my butterfly weed plants (Asclepias tuberosa) have pods.  They're not ready to harvest just yet, but soon.  Collecting milkweed seeds is an important way we can help monarch long as said seeds are eventually planted,...

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  • Milkweed Insects

    With all the attention to milkweeds and the decline of monarch butterflies more and more people are searching milkweeds for the monarch butterfly eggs and caterpillars.  Often what they find is something else!Gardeners typically find at least 5 common species...

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  • Beyond Honeybees: Now Wild Bees and Butterflies May Be in Trouble

    By now you probably know about the plight of America’s honeybees: the collapsed colonies and dying hives, threatening pollination services to crops and the future of a much-beloved insect. But it’s not just honeybees that are in trouble. Many wild...

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  • Habitat Loss on Breeding Grounds Cause of Monarch Decline

      Story by: University of Guelph Habitat loss on breeding grounds in the United States – not on wintering grounds in Mexico – is the main cause of recent and projected population declines of migratory monarch butterflies in eastern North...

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  • Save the Monarchs

    SAVE THE MONARCH MIGRATION - ONE BUTTERFLY AT A TIME - PLANT MILKWEED Monarch butterfly numbers are at an all time low and many pollinators are declining as well. The widespread planting of herbicide tolerant corn and soybean lines, intensive...

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