Author: Stephanie McKnight

Many insect pollinators are declining in California, including bees and butterflies. The population of western monarch butterflies has declined 99.9% since the 1980s, due to a variety of reasons, including habitat loss and degradation, pesticides, and climate change. One important …

California Monarch and Pollinator Habitat Kits Read More »

A new study “Fewer butterflies seen by community scientists across the warming and drying landscapes of the American West” published in the Journal Science last week paints a dim picture for western butterfly species. The study found that butterfly abundance …

Western butterflies declining as climate gets warmer, drier Read More »

By Stephanie McKnight on 1 March 2021 Many people have been seeing and reporting fairly large numbers of monarchs, both adults and caterpillars, all winter long in gardens on the California Coast this year. Since there haven’t been any formal …

Resident Monarch Populations on the Rise in California: What Does this Mean for the Western Migratory Population? Read More »

By Stephanie McKnight on 1 March 2021 Western Migratory Monarch Population Needs Extraordinary Level of Conservation to Persist. Since 1997 volunteers have conducted counts of overwintering monarchs for the Xerces Society’s annual Western Monarch Thanksgiving Count. As a way to …

Fifth Annual Western Monarch New Year’s Count Confirms Continued Decline in Western Monarch Population Read More »

The Xerces Society Blog: Monarch Numbers from Mexico Point to Declining Population By Stephanie McKnight on 26 February 2021 The World Wildlife Fund–Mexico announced yesterday results of the annual survey of monarch butterflies overwintering in central Mexico. The butterflies occupied …

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Scientists look to public for clues to recover monarch butterflies February 11, 2021 Reposted from Official Press Release from Washington State University. Researchers created the “Western Monarch Mystery Challenge” to help inform conservation efforts for the plummeting western monarch population. …

Western Monarch Mystery Challenge: Feb. 14 – Apr. 22 Read More »

By Paul G. Johnson (guest author) on 28 January 2021 On November 18, 2020, we lost a great friend of butterflies and a wonderful human being, with the passing of Bill Shepard. I met Bill 18 years ago when I …

Remembering Bill Shepard, a Great Friend of Butterflies Read More »

Population that winters along the California coast hit a low of less than 2,000 butterflies—a 99.9% decline since the 1980s. We must take action now to save the western monarch migration. Expert Contacts Sarina Jepsen, Director of Endangered Species (971) …

Western Monarch Population Closer to Extinction; Still no Federal or State Protection in Sight Read More »

By Emma Pelton & Stephanie McKnight on 19 January 2021 During the 24th Western Monarch Thanksgiving Count, nearly 100 volunteers donned their masks and practiced social distancing to carefully survey groves of trees on the California and Northern Baja coast …

Western Monarch Population Closer to Extinction as the Wait Continues for Monarchs’ Protection Under the Endangered Species Act Read More »

A Winter Without Monarchs In Pacific Grove – Butterfly Town, U.S.A By ERIKA MAHONEY KAZU 90.3, NPR for Monterey – Salinas – Santa Cruz “On a chilly December morning, Bree Machuca walks into the entrance of Pacific Grove’s Monarch Butterfly …

KAZU 90.3 “A Winter Without Monarchs In Pacific Grove – Butterfly Town, U.S.A” Read More »