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The Western Monarch Thanksgiving Count begins TOMORROW. But it's not too late to still get to a training. Check out the Carpinteria Creek training Sat. Nov. 10th at 8am--a new location because of far-below-average numbers at Ellwood. Stay tuned for a blog with more on that topic coming soon....
Check out the Events page on the WMTC website to learn more and sign-up for tomorrow's training. ... See MoreSee Less
Description: Join Charis van der Heide, Santa Barbara Regional Coordinator, for a monarch counting field training. Charis will focus on the monarch count protocol and habitat assessment. Please bring ...
There are two Thanksgiving Count training events coming up this week: Saturday Nov. 3rd at Ardenwood East Bay Regional Park in Fremont Sunday Nov. 4th at Pacific Grove Monarch Sanctuary in Pacific Grove
Description: The monarch overwintering season is fast approaching! Learn all about the Xerces Society and the Western Monarch Thanksgiving Count (WMTC) with Jessica Griffiths, Charis van der Heide, an...
Monarchs are starting to cluster at overwintering sites...it's a great time to get out to visit your local overwintering site early and do a habitat assessment, an early count, and just see what's going on in the grove! ... See MoreSee Less
Two recent stories advise us to help monarchs by NOT doing what is temporarily pleasing. I consider these warnings emblematic of the conservation actions people should be taking in general, for more t...
Captive rearing of monarch butterflies can have unintended consequences for this beloved species, including spreading parasites to wild populations and diminishing genetic diversity.
Of course, you should feel welcome to raise a caterpillar or two to teach your family about monarchs or to report to a citizen science project; we certainly recognize the value of these aspects of captive rearing. However, we encourage you to put the rest of your efforts into other actions to support monarch conservation.
Instead of rearing butterflies, we advise taking action to make our landscapes better for monarchs by: Protecting natural habitat; planting native milkweed and flowers; avoiding pesticides; supporting wildlife-friendly, local, and organic agriculture; contributing to research efforts via citizen science; and organizing ourselves to push for policy changes. For more information about ways to help monarchs, check out resources on the websites of the Xerces Society and the Monarch Joint Venture.
Let’s work together to ensure that rearing monarchs does not unintentionally harm this iconic species we are all trying to protect! ... See MoreSee Less
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