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Unique business created to save North America's monarch butterfly

What do farms and parkas have to do with monarch butterflies? It's all part of an initiative by farmers in Quebec and Vermont to grow milkweed for the endangered butterflies, and it's getting a boost from a parka company using the plant's fibers..

Monarch butterfly population drops by nearly one third

The annual overwintering count of monarch butterflies shows that butterfly numbers fell by nearly one-third this year reversing last year’s recovery from historically low numbers.

Monarch butterfly: Canadian towns to help endangered species

An American study released earlier this year said there is a possibility that the number of monarch butterflies could fall so low their migratory patterns will be disrupted. The study authors said that could lead to the Monarch becoming "quasi-extinct."

Green Thumbs Up: Interstate 35 to become Monarch Highway

Travelers along Interstate 35, stretching from northern Minnesota to southern Texas, will soon be seeing a lusher more natural scene as they drive along the highway, all because the road is being turned into a pollinators corridor.

Mining plans threaten habitat of Monarch butterflies in Mexico

Endangered Monarch butterflies face their greatest threat as the largest mining company in Mexico plans to reopen a copper mine inside the Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve, home to tens of millions of monarchs during winter.

Study: Fate of Monarch butterfly may end up as 'quasi-extinction'

For some time scientists have raised alarm bells over the beautiful Monarch butterfly. Those bells just got a little louder with the release of a study that suggests the Monarch could actually become "quasi-extinct" in the not-too-distant future.

Canadians to knit for monarch butterflies Special

The David Suzuki Foundation is asking Canadians to knit during the spring as a way of symbolically welcoming monarch butterflies back to the country after a long, difficult winter in Mexico.

Monarch butterfly may be designated an endangered species

A group of 52 members of the U.S. Congress are looking to save the beautiful Monarch butterfly. To help do so the politicians sent a letter to Pres. Obama last week asking him to put the iconic insect on the endangered species list.

Call on Canada to save the monarch butterfly Special

Toronto - A charitable body is calling upon the government of Canada to take action to protect the monarch butterfly. This is in response to dwindling numbers of the colorful insect.

Online petition to save monarch butterfly from GMOs, Monsanto

The Sierra Club has begun an online petition to convince the U.S. government to do more to save the monarch butterfly. Monarch numbers have dwindled dramatically and the club says scientists know the cause to be a product made by the Monsanto company.

Monarch butterfly endangered, is Monsanto to blame?

The US Fish and Wildlife Service issued a press release on how the monarch butterfly has been nearly wiped out due to loss of habitat related to agricultural practices.

America's imperiled monarch butterfly gets help from government

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, along with the National Wildlife Federation, launched a major new campaign on Monday to halt the decline of the monarch butterfly, earmarking $3.2 million for the project.

Lowly milkweed may be key to saving the Monarch

It may not be a startlingly beautiful plant, nor is it of much use to modern man, but the once-ubiquitous milkweed is critical to the life-cycle of the Monarch butterfly. New research suggests it may be even more important than previously thought.

Environmental threats causing decline of Monarch butterflies

College Station - The number of monarch butterflies migrating from Mexico to Canada has declined by almost 60% to the lowest level in 20 years. As a result, the population is now estimated at only a fraction of the number of butterflies that existed fifteen years ago.
 

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Photograph of a Monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus ) caterpillar feeding on a leaf of the Swamp Mil...
Photograph of a Monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus ) caterpillar feeding on a leaf of the Swamp Milkweeden (Asclepias incarnata).
2007 Derek Ramsey
Danaus Plexippus  Monarch Butterly (female)  picture taken in NewYork  October 2008.
Danaus Plexippus, Monarch Butterly (female), picture taken in NewYork, October 2008.
LyWashu
Flowers and sap of Common Milkweed.
Flowers and sap of Common Milkweed.
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Photograph of a female Monarch Butterflyen (Danaus plexippus) laying an egg on a Mexican Milkweeden ...
Photograph of a female Monarch Butterflyen (Danaus plexippus) laying an egg on a Mexican Milkweeden (Asclepias curassavica).
2009 Derek Ramsey
Insects can spread radiation
Insects can spread radiation
Monarch butterflies at the Mexican butterfly santuary  photographed in 2000.
Monarch butterflies at the Mexican butterfly santuary, photographed in 2000.
Samuel
Monarch butterfly on purple aster flowers in early October
Monarch butterfly on purple aster flowers in early October
A monarch butterfly on Butterfly Milkweed (Asclepias).
A monarch butterfly on Butterfly Milkweed (Asclepias).
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Monarch butterfly  female.
Monarch butterfly, female.
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