Month: December 2015

New data suggests 2015 a good year for monarch butterflies

New data suggests the number of monarch butterflies in California has grown this year. That’s good news since the population of this near-threatened species has been thin in recent years. “We are really pleased to see that the number of

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Monarch count: Pacific Grove numbers down this year

The monarch butterflies have returned to Pacific Grove, but this year there may be fewer of them. Volunteers and officials with the Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History recently counted 11,000, down from 18,000 this time last year. That count

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Monarch Butterflies of Ellwood Mesa

Monarch butterflies travel hundreds of miles each fall to bask in the warmth of secluded eucalyptus, Monterey pine and coast live oak groves along the central California coast. They cluster in the hundreds and even thousands, appearing as a mass

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Early data from Western Monarch Thanksgiving Count suggests a small increase in butterfly numbers in some parts of the overwintering range

Populations of monarch butterflies are still far below historic numbers PORTLAND, Ore., December 14, 2015 — First reports from monarch overwintering sites in California surveyed during the Xerces Society’s Western Monarch Thanksgiving Count suggest that 2015 may have been a

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Migrating monarchs bring out citizen scientists in the holiday season

Every autumn, the western North American population of monarch butterflies migrates from the lands west of the Rocky Mountains to the coast of California, where they spend the winter at about 200 sites scattered throughout the coastline. Last winter, I

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