2021-2022 Monarch Population Status

During the 2021-2022 overwintering season, 10 colonies of Monarch Butterflies covered 2.835 hectares (ha) of forest, which represents a 35% increase from 2020 (2.10 ha).  Because it is impossible to count each butterfly, a survey is conducted to measure the area of forest the monarchs occupy each winter in their hibernation colonies, in Mexico, providing an indicator of their population status.

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Overlapping Generations

April 27, 2022- May is at the doorstep. At this time of the season, migration is a story of overlapping generations. Monarchs from overwintering populations are nearing the end and their offspring are beginning to advance into summer breeding territories. Be on the lookout and report your monarch and milkweed observations to Journey North.
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Endings and Beginnings

April 20, 2022- No longer their brilliant orange, monarchs migrating from Mexico are nearing the end — and a new generation is about to continue the journey north. Where is the leading edge of migration this week? Monarch activity and milkweed growth will accelerate over the coming weeks. Be ready to report your observations!
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Missouri NRCS Announces Sign Up for Program Restoring and Improving Monarch Ecosystems

April 11, 2022– NRCS in Missouri encourages landowners in Northwest Missouri to apply for funding through the Program Restoring and Improving Monarch Ecosystems (PRIME) by May 20, 2022.

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Stop-and-Go Progress

April 6, 2022– In Mexico, Estela Romero and Ana and Pato Moreno provide the latest updates on monarch departures. Farther north, how is fluctuating spring weather impacting the leading edge of migration? And in the Western U.S., Gail Morris notes more sightings of monarch eggs and larvae and highlights important research on California milkweed.
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Almost April

March 30, 2022– In Mexico, Estela Romero shares that more monarchs are heading north but some are yet to depart. In the U.S., the leading edge of migration is moving slowly. And in California, Gail Morris provides an update on Western monarch activity. Are you noticing monarchs or milkweed? Report your observations to Journey North.
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Migration Is Gaining Momentum

March 23, 2022– Spring is here! Estela Romero provides an update on the remaining monarchs in Mexico. Texas is a hotspot of monarch activity, and reports are coming as far north as Oklahoma and Arkansas. And Gail Morris highlights monarch sightings in California and the Southwest. Report your first monarch and milkweed observations of the season to Journey North.
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Monarchs Are Moving North

March 16, 2022– The March equinox is days away and monarchs are heading north! Estela Romero and Ana and Pato Moreno provide the latest updates from the Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve in Mexico. And Gail Morris highlights monarch activity in California and throughout the Western U.S. Report your first monarch and milkweed observations of the season to Journey North.
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Gradual Departures

March 9, 2022– Spring migration is underway! Pato and Ana Moreno and Estela Romero share news of monarchs gradually leaving sanctuaries in Mexico. And Gail Morris reports that most monarchs have left overwintering sites in California. Get ready to report your monarch and milkweed observations.
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Spring Migration Is Stirring

March 2, 2022– March has arrived and the spring migration season is almost here. In Mexico, Estela Romero and Ana Moreno are seeing signs that monarchs will soon be heading north. And in the Western U.S., Gail Morris shares the news that monarch numbers are still strong at overwintering sites but upcoming warmer weather could spark more movement.
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Approaching March

February 23, 2022– The overwintering season is winding down. In Mexico and California, Ana Moreno, Estela Romero, and Gail Morris share news of monarch colonies beginning to disperse and shift locations. Mating activity continues to pick up as well. Spring migration is in the air!

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Brilliant Displays

February 16, 2022– Spring is just under five weeks away. In Mexico, Estela Romero reflects on the 20th anniversary of a large storm that tested the resiliency of monarchs. In California, Gail Morris highlights monarch mating behavior and warmer temperatures. And as always, report your monarch observations to Journey North.
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Brighter Days Ahead

February 9, 2022- As February progresses, winter begins to loosen its grip. Pato Moreno, Estela Romero, and Gail Morris provide updates on monarchs at overwintering sites in Mexico and California. And if you are seeing monarchs, report your observations to Journey North.

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Service Completes Initial Reviews on Endangered Species Act Petitions for Three Species

February 7, 2022– The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has completed 90-day findings on petitions to list three species under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). Based on our review, the Service finds that the petitions to list the thick-leaf bladderpod and variable cuckoo bumble bee present substantial information that the petitioned actions may be warranted, and we will initiate status reviews for these species.

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Coping with the Cold

January 26, 2022- Surviving winter is no small task for monarchs. Hear from Estela Romero, Pato Moreno, and Gail Morris on how monarchs are faring in Mexico, California, and Arizona.
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