Collaborative reports nearly 305,000 acres of pollinator habitat in Missouri

Collaborative partners have risen to this acreage challenge and report over 220,000 acres statewide of new habitat and/or land newly managed to favor monarchs

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Monarch butterflies: Signs point to a banner year

It’s early yet, but initial signs point to a banner year, butterfly-wise. Monarch butterflies overwinter in Mexico, and three groups tracking them report a significant increase.

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Scientists Urge Mexico To Halt Logging In The Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve

Scientists from several countries urged Mexican authorities to immediately halt logging in the Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve and promote the regeneration of the forests that form its habitat, in a published letter in the current edition of the journal Science .

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Riding Ridges, Traveling Coastlines

Peak flights were witnessed this week along the ridges of the Appalachian Mountains and the Atlantic coastlines, marking the first strong pulse in the Eastern Flyway.

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Deforestation is Down 57% in the Winter Habitat

Deforestation in the core zone of the Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve in Mexico decreased by 57.6 per cent, from 15.8 hectares lost during the 2016-2017 period to to 6.7 hectares in 2017 -2018.

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Early Thanksgiving Counts Show a Critically Low Monarch Population in California

The California overwintering population has been reduced to less than 0.5% of its historical size, and has declined by 86% compared to 2017. Each year, during a three-week period around Thanksgiving, scores of volunteers fan out through coastal California to find and count overwintering monarch butterflies as part of the Western Monarch Thanksgiving Count.

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Monarch butterflies are migrating in record numbers, but they are still at risk

You may be noticing more monarch butterflies in your backyard this year than in past years. If so, you’re not alone. Researchers estimate that this year’s monarch population is at the fourth highest level since 1993 — one of the highest of the past 25 years. Some experts anticipate the butterfly’s fall migration currently underway to be the strongest since 2008.

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