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Winter Road Salt Is Wreaking Havoc On Summer Butterflies
2014-06-10 09:32:30

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online In the winter months, road salt is just one of those things we take for granted. It makes driving easier in icy and snowy conditions. We already know that road salt takes a toll on lakes and rivers, but what is it doing to the organisms that live and forage at the edge of our roadways? Very little is understood about consequences for the development and evolution of wild animals created by how the use of road salt has altered...

Monarch Butterflies Threatened Due To North American Habitat Loss
2014-06-05 11:57:41

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Populations of monarch butterflies are projected to decline in eastern North America and a new study published today in the Journal of Animal Ecology concluded that habitat loss in North America would be to blame. "Our work provides the first evidence that monarch butterfly numbers in eastern North America are most sensitive to changes in the availability of milkweed on breeding grounds, particularly in the Corn Belt region of the...

2014-04-15 23:14:16

As a testament to the company’s commitment to the environment, Plow & Hearth will take action to rejuvenate local monarch butterfly populations and host additional Earth Day activities on April 22 at its headquarters in Madison, Virginia. Madison, VA (PRWEB) April 15, 2014 This upcoming Earth Day, April 22, Plow & Hearth will promote environmental responsibility by planting milkweed and inviting a number of local educational organizations to its headquarters in the Blue Ridge...

Skipping Meals May Affect Butterfly Wing Size And Coloration
2014-04-04 14:22:08

PLOS Two days without food for larvae may contribute to pale coloration, smaller butterfly wings High food stress may impact wing size and coloration—both indicators of migratory success—in monarch butterflies, according to results published April 2, 2014, in the open access journal PLOS ONE by Haley Johnson from University of Jamestown and colleagues. Monarch butterflies migrate long distances according to the seasons every year. Because this requires so much energy, they...

Monarch Butterflies In Peril
2014-01-30 05:15:52

[ Watch the Video: Where Have All The Monarchs Gone? ] April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A new report, based on a December 2013 survey of Mexico's Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve, claims that migrating monarch butterflies are in "grave danger." The butterfly colonies currently occupy the smallest area since records began in 1993. The butterflies spend their winter hibernating in the forest of the reserve. In December 2013, the butterflies only occupied 1.65...

Monarch Butterfly Grassroots Conservation
2013-10-29 05:31:15

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online US citizens love their monarch butterflies – so much so that they are apparently willing to contribute at least $4.78 billion dollars to conservation organizations working to protect the declining species, according to research published Monday in the journal Conservation Letters. As part of the study, experts from the US Geological Survey (USGS), Colorado State University, the University of Minnesota, and others conducted a...

Expect To See Fewer Monarch Butterflies This Spring
2013-03-14 18:12:32

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Every year, hoards of Monarch butterflies begin their epic journey from Mexico through the hills of Texas to all points north, sometimes as far as Canada. Unfortunately, there will be fewer butterflies to take this journey during the coming months. It´s a trend that has been ongoing for about seven years or more and, according to Omar Vidal with the Mexican branch of the World Wildlife Fund, high temperatures and expanding...

Monarch Butterfly's Survival Ensured By Trapping Weevils
2012-10-01 16:47:23

Ensuring the monarch butterfly's survival by saving its milkweed habitat could result from U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) studies initially intended to improve detection of boll weevils with pheromone traps. Charles Suh and his colleagues at the Agricultural Research Service (ARS) Areawide Pest Management Research Unit in College Station, Texas, have found a pheromone formula that is attractive to a major milkweed pest, the milkweed stem weevil. The discovery stems from research...

2012-09-19 23:01:20

Dorothy and Leo Keeler are wildlife photographers and founding members of the International League of Conservation Photographers. Their newest project offers creative incentives to help restore monarch butterflies across North America. The Milkweed for Monarchs Butterfly Garden Project is posted on Kickstarter.com and is designed to help restore monarchs by offering creative gifts to people who contribute to their butterfly garden project and are inspired to create Monarch Waystations of...

Monarch Butterfly Population Continues To Decline
2012-03-23 06:32:38

A Texas A&M researcher has found evidence that the population of Monarch butterflies continues to shrink. Craig Wilson is a senior research associate in the Center for Mathematics and Science Education and a longtime butterfly enthusiast. He says, according to reports from the World Wildlife Fund, Mexico´s Michoacan State and a host of private donors, that the numbers of Monarch butterflies that cross the state of Texas will be dramatically reduced, by as much as 30%. These...


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