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Old 02-07-2015, 12:38 AM   #1
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Spring: January June 2015

On February 5, 2015 our season begins with news from the monarch overwintering sites in central Mexico. Monarchs leave their winter sanctuaries in March and the journey north begins. Get ready to report your sightings and track the migration on real-time maps.
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Monarch population count from Mexico: Numbers remain 80% below historic levels.
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Old 02-07-2015, 12:51 AM   #2
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Monarch Migration News: February 5, 2015
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Monarchs from across the continent are now clustered by the millions in a small region of Mexico. This year, half of the monarchs are concentrated in only one of the 12 overwintering sites.
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Half in One Sanctuary
Mexico's overwintering region includes 12 traditional wintering sites. Half of this year's butterflies are residing in only one site, the El Rosario sanctuary.
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Compare Years
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Illinois Tollway Planting 286 Miles of Milkweed
The Illinois Tollway Authority this week agreed to work with the Natural Resources Defense Council to plant milkweed along 286 miles of roadways, including suburban areas of I90, I88 and I294.

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Old 02-14-2015, 06:21 PM   #3
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butterfly Monarch Migration News: February 12, 2015

Monarch Migration News: February 12, 2015
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News: A Critical Time is Passing
It's mid-February now and temperatures are starting to rise at the overwintering sites. Monarchs have survived the coldest part of the winter season.
"The really critical time for the monarchs is January and early February," says Dr. Lincoln Brower. "The lethal combination for the butterflies is to be wetted by a winter storm and then subjected to freezing temperatures."
Conditions have been favorable this winter. No severe winter storms have been reported.
"Monarchs have an excellent chance of getting through the winter in good numbers," says Dr. Chip Taylor.
Delicate Balance
Even though freezing is a risk during the winter, ...
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Old 02-22-2015, 05:23 PM   #4
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butterfly Monarch Migration News: February 19, 2015

Monarch Migration News: February 19, 2015
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Spring is approaching for monarchs in Mexico, but last week's hail storm proved that winter's not over yet.
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In our last update we reported that a critical time of the overwinter season was passing. Then came Estela Romero's report of a hail storm:

"Last Thursday, February 12th we had a sudden, quick, and intense hail storm. It hit a rather small area that included the Sierra Chincua. El Rosario and the communities around Angangueo were untouched.

"I met biologist Felipe Martinez at the Chincua colony on Sunday. He said...
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Old 02-26-2015, 12:57 AM   #6
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butterfly Monarch Migration News: February 26, 2015

Monarch Migration News: February 26, 2015
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Estela threaded her way through a sea of butterflies as she drove to El Rosario on Sunday:
"In a wonderful, bright, sunny sky, thousands of monarchs came down the canyon in such a playful rush. Incredibly, they were diverting their flight at the very last second to avoid my car..."
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The monarchs must leave their clusters and travel to water. At the sanctuary, Estela witnessed the flurry of activity:
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Old 03-08-2015, 11:41 PM   #7
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Activity is reaching fever pitch. Within the month monarchs will vacate their winter haunt and begin the recolonization of North America.
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It's peak tourist season. Butterfly behavior is at its most spectacular. In the monarch sanctuaries you might see a blizzard of butterflies flapping, gliding, mating, drinking, and bursting from their clusters....
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The monarchs' energy reserves should be about 70% depleted by now, as the lipid graph shows. The typical monarch may have only 60 mg of the 140 mg it had when it arrived in November. Great ready! Plant nectar-rich flowers. Hungry monarch butterflies will soon be heading your way.
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butterfly Monarch Migration News: March 12, 2015

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Mating is reaching its peak as the monarchs get ready to head north to the breeding grounds. Mass departure from Mexico is imminent.
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We expect the first migration reports from northern Mexico and Texas any day.
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Tag Recovery: Sydney's Monarch

Sydney is a 7-year old girl from Nowthen, MN. Her father found a monarch caterpillar in the horse pasture and Sydney raised it to an adult butterfly. Her family tagged and released the monarch on September 7, 2014.
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Monarch Conservation Webinar Series
Upcoming webinar topics and dates have been announced:
  • Citizen Science (April 23)
  • Habitat Augmentation (April 30)
  • Monarch Research (May 21)
  • Previous programs can also be viewed any time.
Monarch Citizen Science and Data Accuracy
Dr. Karen Oberhauser's shares her thoughts based on the experiences of the three largest-scale monarch citizen science projects.
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Monarch Migration News: March 19, 2015
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Weather delays! We're still waiting for the mass exodus from Mexico and first arrivals in Texas.
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Estela reports unusually cold, winter-like weather at the sanctuaries. For the past 10 days, monarchs have been delayed by rain and even snow.
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Compared to previous years, the migration is late. By now monarchs are usually being reported in Austin, about 200 miles north of the border.
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Here come the monarchs! Estela witnessed a mass departure on Tuesday, with north-bound butterflies filling the sky over Angangueo. These monarchs are carrying the seeds of the next generation.
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The Next 6 Weeks
It's a critical time as the monarchs race northward to produce the next generation. Now in reproductive condition, the biological clock is ticking. Most of these monarchs will reach the end of their lives by the end of April.
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Critical Habitat
The size of the first spring generation will largely be determined by the quality of breeding habitat in Texas, and neighboring states to a lesser extent.
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