One Butterfly Thing: U. of IL Takes Lead Role in Nationwide Effort to Conserve Monarchs

One Butterfly Thing: U. of IL Takes Lead Role in Nationwide Effort to Conserve Monarchs

The monarch butterfly has lost 80% of its population due to habitat loss and climate change, as we have reported here.  The University of Illinois, Chicago will now take the lead nationwide on efforts to conserve them.  The University’s Energy Resources Center will administer an agreement between the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and dozens of […]

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Climate Change Cripples the Great Monarch Migration

Climate Change Cripples the Great Monarch Migration

The North American migration of monarch butterflies is truly extraordinary. The 3,000-mile journey from Canada to Mexico draws spectators from around the world to behold its magic. In fact, in Mexican folklore, the butterflies are believed to carry the souls of loved ones. But although their migration and entire lives depend on adapting to climate, […]

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Citizen Scientists Work to Protect Georgia’s Pollinators

Citizen Scientists Work to Protect Georgia’s Pollinators

Pollinators are facing stresses all over the world such as habitat loss, degradation, and fragmentation. In the state of Georgia specifically, where experts determined that the annual value of pollination is over $360 million, Butterflies of the Atlantic Flyway Alliance (BAFA) was formed to bring together conservation land managers and citizen scientists throughout the state to […]

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One cool thing: 1 billion painted lady butterflies dazzle SoCal

One cool thing: 1 billion painted lady butterflies dazzle SoCal

Swarms of orange and black painted lady butterflies have been mesmerizing Southern Californians as close to a billion of them have been making their migration from Mexico to the Pacific Northwest. While this has happened before this is the largest such migration since 2005. As the New York Times explained,  “substantial rainfall in the deserts […]

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