Category Archives: Monarch Butterfly

Master Gardener: Why Tag and Release Monarchs?

Imagine an insect that weighs less than a gram beginning a journey from Canada in late August and traveling over 2500 miles to spend the winter in the Sierra Madre Mountains in central Mexico. As daylight shortens in late summer, … Continue reading

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Butterflies All Aflutter Along East Bay Shore

Unlike recent years, Christina Garcia needed a pen, paper and a fair amount of time Friday to count all the monarch butterflies dangling in clumps high atop the eucalyptus trees at Fremont’s Ardenwood Historic Farm. Garcia, a naturalist with the … Continue reading

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Medford’s Monarchs Move to Mexico

Medford Lakes School District’s 3rd Graders sent their Monarch butterflies on their way to Mexico on Wednesday, Oct. 5. The 3rd grade students learned the life-cycle of the Monarch butterfly first hand in their classroom as they watched it grow … Continue reading

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Monarch Butterflies in Migration

Fall is definitely in the air! As the temperature begins to dip, keep a look out for the Monarch Butterfly making its 2,500 mile migratory trek across the United States, areas of the Gulf of Mexico and on into Central … Continue reading

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Monarchs Return to Albany Hill, in Droves

The number of the monarch butterflies is up at wintering sites all over California. Grab your binoculars and head to Albany Hill on a sunny day to enjoy the view. Clouds of monarch butterflies have returned to winter on Albany … Continue reading

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Rough Ride South for Monarch Butterflies

Nourished by the most available nectars, bolstered by the most favorable genetics, the first butterflies of the annual monarch migration are filling the skies of their Mexican wintering grounds with flutters of orange and black. But it’s not these that … Continue reading

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Monarch Docent Program Training Opportunity – November 17

Each fall, monarch butterflies in the western United States migrate to the California coast from various locations west of the Rocky Mountains. Goleta is home to one of the premiere monarch overwintering sites in California: Ellwood Main Monarch Aggregation Site, … Continue reading

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Saving the Monarchs: Long Live the Butterfly Kings

The hushed fluttering of millions of monarch butterfly wings is in danger of being silenced. The bright orange and black monarchs are involved in one of the most amazing migrations in nature, flying up to 1,500 miles to a handful … Continue reading

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Monarch Butterfly Reserve Saves Trees But Not Butterflies From Climate Change

This small patch of mountain fir forest is a model of sorts for the global effort to save trees and fight climate change. The problem is that saving trees has not saved the forest’s most famous visitors: Monarch butterflies. Millions … Continue reading

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Missing The Migration Train

The migration of Monarch butterflies is a well-known natural event. They’re conspicuous in their passage through Connecticut during September and October. Some butterflies, especially Orange Sulphurs, fly well after the Monarchs have departed, but the occasional late migrants serve as … Continue reading

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