As home gardeners become more educated about the role native plants play in the ecosystem — and their importance to pollinators, wildlife and humans — many are turning to “rewilding.” The term refers to a landscaping approach that depends on the use of native plants to sustain insects, bees, birds and butterflies.
Picture this: You’ve planted some milkweed, bee balm or California lilac, and you’re delighted to see bees and butterflies fluttering about your garden. You feel good about nourishing pollinators and love the life those plants attract to your yard.
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican experts said Monday that 35% more monarch butterflies arrived this year to spend the winter in mountaintop forests, compared to the previous season.
Experts say the rise may reflect the butterflies’ ability to adapt to more extreme bouts of heat or drought by varying the date when they leave Mexico.
ZITACUARO, Mexico (AP) — Six weeks ago, journalist Armando Linares choked up in a video announcing the killing of a colleague and promised to continue doing journalism that exposed the corrupt. Now Linares too has been gunned down — the eighth journalist killed in Mexico this year.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The number of Western monarch butterflies overwintering in California rebounded to more than 247,000 a year after fewer than 2,000 appeared, but the tally remained far below the millions that were seen in the 1980s, leaders of an annual count said Tuesday.
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Communal farmers and butterfly guides are hoping for a rebound in the number of monarch butterflies — and tourists — at their wintering grounds in central Mexico after a bad year for both last year.
ATLANTA (AP) — Researchers are calling on the public to report monarch butterfly sightings in eight southern and Gulf states to try to better understand the insect's migration and wintering behavior.
PACIFIC GROVE, Calif. (AP) — There is a ray of hope for the vanishing orange-and-black Western monarch butterflies.
The number wintering along California's central coast is bouncing back after the population, whose presence is often a good indicator of ecosystem health, reached an all-time low last year.
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department says keep collecting those milkweed pods — the plants help Monarch butterflies.
The agency asked the public last month to collect milkweed pods so the seeds could be harvested and sown along with other native perennials to create “conservation corridors” along highways.
GULFPORT, Miss. (AP) — The U.S. government ordered the destruction a $15,000 shipment of pineapples from Costa Rica after agriculture inspectors in Mississippi found butterfly larvae that they said could be harmful.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A conservation group is planting more than 30,000 milkweed plants in California in the hope of giving Western monarch butterflies new places to breed.
APPLE VALLEY, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Zoo is working to save endangered butterfly species that are native to the state but facing serious population declines.
The Dakota Skippers and Poweshiek Skipperlings are both native species experiencing a rapid decline that zoo officials are targeting for helping, KARE-TV reported Friday.
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Wildlife advocates sued federal officials Thursday in a bid for greater protections for monarch butterflies, northern spotted owls and eight other species inching toward possible extinction...
MEXICO CITY (AP) — The number of monarch butterflies that showed up at their winter resting grounds in central Mexico decreased by about 26% this year, and four times as many trees were lost to illegal logging, drought and other causes, making 2020 a bad year for the butterflies...
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The number of western monarch butterflies wintering along the California coast has plummeted precipitously to a record low, putting the orange-and-black insects closer to extinction, researchers announced Tuesday...
Trump administration officials are expected to say this week whether the monarch butterfly, a colorful and familiar backyard visitor now caught in a global extinction crisis, should receive federal designation as a threatened species...
KENSINGTON, Maryland (AP) — The world has lost more than one quarter of its land-dwelling insects in the past 30 years, according to researchers whose big picture study of global bug decline paints a disturbing but more nuanced problem than earlier research...
CHICAGO (AP) — The University of Illinois at Chicago is taking a lead role in a nationwide effort to conserve monarch butterflies...
MEXICO CITY (AP) — The number of monarch butterflies that showed up at their winter resting grounds decreased about 53% this year, Mexican officials said Friday...
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The western monarch butterfly population wintering along California's coast remains critically low for the second year in a row, a count by an environmental group released Thursday showed...
GREENBELT, Md. (AP) — Hand-raising monarch butterflies in the midst of a global extinction crisis, Laura Moore and her neighbors gather round in her suburban Maryland yard to launch a butterfly newly emerged from its chrysalis...
Herbs are among the most useful plants in nature. They can tantalize the taste buds, help cure what ails you, oil the body, perfume the air, and attract bees, butterflies and hummingbirds...
CERRO PELÓN MONARCH BUTTERFLY SANCTUARY, Mexico (AP) — As the group made its way up the rugged mountain path toward the clearing, their heavy, crunching bootsteps turned to near-silent tiptoeing, their friendly chitchat dropped to whispers, giddy smiles appeared on faces and eyes brimmed with tears...
Planting clumps of bright, successively blooming flowers is a popular method for attracting foraging pollinators like bees and butterflies...
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Researchers with an environmental group have labeled as "disturbingly low" the number of western monarch butterflies that migrate along the California coast...
OXFORD, Pa. (AP) — A staple of summer — swarms of bugs — seems to be a thing of the past. And that's got scientists worried...
Nita Schiro’s front yard in the Village of Alden Bridge looks like no one else’s. Gravel paths wind through goldenrod stalks that tower over bushes of plump American beautyberries and tangle with passionflower vines.
MONTREAL (AP) — An initiative to market milkweed for the benefit of monarch butterflies — and the farmers in Quebec and Vermont who grow it — is getting a boost from a Canadian parka company that is renewing its commitment to sell coats made with the plant's floss...
When the Army offered me the chance to skydive with the Golden Knights, I jumped at the chance. That’s not just a pun. It’s the truth. It was only after I had a minute to think that I questioned my enthusiasm.
For generations, farmers have despised milkweed and done their best to rid their lands of it. “I hate to have milkweed in my strawberry field,” Nathalie Leonard says from her farm by the Quebec village of Lac-du-Cerf.
QUEBEC CITY (AP) — For generations, North American farmers have despised milkweed and done their best to rid their lands of it...
HUNTINGTON — Insect lovers, take notice: The butterfly garden at the Huntington Museum of Art is in full bloom, drawing several species of butterflies and other pollinators to the grounds.
"I tried to arrange it so the garden would be in bloom all summer long," Museum Conservatory Director Mike Beck said.
Bees and butterflies could be heading to two Dane County landfill sites, thanks to almost 100 acres of land at the sites getting planted with prairie grasses friendly to pollinators.
Pollinators like honeybees have been in decline in recent years thanks to shrinking habitat and pesticides, so efforts will be made at the Rodefeld landfill east of Madison and the Westport landfill near Waunakee to turn acreage into prairie.
After receiving more than 700 votes last week during the Butterfly Pavilion's octopus naming contest, the eight-armed mollusc has been dubbed Tako, which means octopus in Japanese.
The vote breakdown for the top five names is as follows:
McALLEN – Families swarmed to the Quinta Mazatlán World Birding Center for the Monarch Festival on Saturday to celebrate the northern migration of the iconic butterfly.
Taking place throughout the birding grounds and the historic adobe home, people from across the Rio Grande Valley arrived on the sunny day faced with a human-sized orange monarch at the entrance before making their way into the grounds.
“One actually flied on my shirt!”
Many of the Sunset View Elementary kindergarteners who experienced the new butterfly exhibit at the Loveland Living Planet Aquarium on Wednesday entered the enclosure with trepidation or enthusiasm, but exited in awe.
Wanted: Boy Scouts willing to get their hands dirty.
Where: The front lines of the campaign to prevent monarch butterfly extinction.
Early last week, a rabble of migrating monarch butterflies in town for the Monarch Butterfly and Pollinator Festival at the Pearl decided on a whim to extend their stay in San Antonio.
Getting from one place to another, after all, can wear on one’s nerves.
DENVER (AP) — A lacy, cloud-like pattern drifting across a Denver-area radar screen turned out to be a 70-mile-wide (110-kilometer) wave of butterflies, forecasters say.
Paul Schlatter of the National Weather Service said he first thought flocks of birds were making the pattern he saw on the radar Tuesday, but the cloud was headed northwest with the wind, and migrating birds would be southbound in October.
Cap raises money for woodpeckers
The Hitchcock Woods Foundation has added red-cockaded woodpecker baseball caps to its line of merchandise.
The hats can be purchased at Birds & Butterflies in downtown Aiken for $20 apiece.
Sara Dykman is on a 10,000-mile bike trip, tracing the migratory path of the monarch butterfly from Mexico through the United States and Canada and back again.
But the purpose of this wildlife biology technologist's journey is not only to mark the butterfly's route that brought her to the Rochester area on Wednesday, but to warn about the threat it faces — and what we can done to avert it.
The Harbor Foundation held its 8th annual Butterfly Release Saturday at Ford Park. Our cameras were there - did we see you? Entertainment and booths with crafts and games for children filled the park while families waited for the afternoon grand release of monarch butterflies.
Two weeks into spring, many blooms brighten our island landscapes. Occasional dusky cecropia moths, brilliant monarchs and white butterflies dance through the garden — not nearly the air ballet seen some years back when our host plants for the monarchs were decimated by hungry caterpillars preparing for the chrysalis stage before emerging as winged “dancer” pollinators.
SOUTH PADRE ISLAND — Dennis and Mary Frahm were taking photos of nature and the butterflies at the birding center.
“We are having a blast out here taking pictures of the butterflies,” Dennis said.
MISSION — The Aztecs called her Quetzalpapalotl, or sacred butterfly, and millions of them arrive every year just in time for Mexico’s oldest celebration, Día de Los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, which is observed today throughout Latin America.