In the winter months of 2015-2016, monarch butterflies had their best migration in years, arriving in record numbers to the
Tribal leaders in Oklahoma have vowed to plant nectar-producing plants for the butterflies whose numbers have dwindled.
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MEXICO CITY -- Migratory monarch butterflies, which flock to the mountains of central Mexico every winter, are severely endangered because of herbicides, extreme weather and climate change. Now, a Mexican mining company with a terrible environmental record plans to reopen a mine in the heart of a protected monarch reserve.
Though the population was up this winter, the winged insects aren't out of the woods yet.
Their population has increased, but more needs to be done.
The walk is more than worth it though. As I struggled to catch my breath, I looked up and lost my breath again -- from the sheer magnitude of what I was witnessing. At first glance, the trees had turned into amorphous shapes, but on closer inspection, every inch of them was covered in butterflies.
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The main culprit for this precipitous decline is no longer logging in the reserve (although that still takes place) but the huge increase in land planted with genetically modified, herbicide resistant soybean and corn crops (93 percent of total soybean acreage and 85 percent of corn acreage in 2013) in the U.S. Corn Belt.
(Reporting by Laura Zuckerman in Salmon, Idaho; Editing by Steve Gorman and Peter Cooney) “Almost every person I’ve talked
But the mystery has now been solved. What looked like a cloud on radar images was actually a huge butterfly-shaped swarm
Everyone loves a monarch butterfly! They are a magical symbol of summertime, transformation, and the health of the environment. But let's face it; they're a bit complicated to understand.
Two days later, I went down the coast to Esalen, which is an organic retreat focused on personal transformation. The retreat
Ceremonial releases of farmed butterflies, the proposed resolution states, interfere with scientists’ ability to understand
For more from Maria Rodale, go to www.mariasfarmcountrykitchen.com I decided to let it stay, even though the milkweed got
This year may be one of the worst for the monarch butterfly, experts are reporting. Severe hailstorms in Mexico (one of the