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Monarch butterflies in their overwintering grounds in Mexico.

Where Do the Monarchs Go in the Fall?

Every fall, millions of monarch butterflies embark on a journey that will take them up to 3,000 miles south to the remote mountain treetops of Central Mexico and Southern California. This great migration is one of the most spectacular natural phenomena in the world. Unfortunately, there is reason to be concerned about the future of…

Leaves help feed the soil and gives pollinators places to overwinter.

Leave the Leaves! Richer Soil and Habitat for Pollinators.

As the cooler weather moves in and the leaves begin to change color, it's a great time to get outdoors and do yard work. You may want to trim the bushes, tend to your garden, and pull weeds before the change of season. One chore you can forego is raking the leaves. Fallen leaves actually help to…

Tracking the Monarchs with a Tracking Device!

Every year, monarch butterflies migrate more than 2,000 miles to overwinter in warmer climates in Mexico and Southern California. Sadly, these majestic creatures are plummeting toward extinction due to habit threats and global climate change. Finding out how and why monarch butterflies travel might be one way to help their decline in population. One student…

Crop dusters spray corn to eradicate weeds including milkweed.

Do Herbicides Impact Monarch Butterflies?

Every year, the majestic monarch butterflies make their migration to Mexico for winter. These orange and black painted creatures travel over 2,500 miles to hibernate in warmer climates, before returning to the United States. Their numbers, however, are shrinking. In addition to deforestation, herbicide use is significantly impacting the species' survival. Used in agricultural applications, herbicides…

Fighting Greenhouse Gasses with Prairies

Fight Greenhouse Gasses with Prairies

Researchers have discovered that grasslands have the capacity to store large amounts of carbon, which is a valuable ecological service in today's changing climate. Carbon is a greenhouse gas that is increasing in the Earth's atmosphere and contributing to global warming. Altered rain patterns, a rise in sea level, and higher temperatures are the negative…

Pain Relief from an unlikely source: Milkweed Balm

Milking a Weed Part 2: Pain Relief from an Unlikely Source

For those who suffer from chronic pain, finding relief isn't always easy. Often, pain medications come with unpleasant side effects and over the counter remedies do not work. This can lead to a feeling of helplessness. Fortunately, researchers have discovered a way to combat pain from an unlikely source: the milkweed plant. Milkweed not only helps to relieve…

Hypodown helps protect monarch butterfly habitat.

Milking a Weed: Luxury Bedding Helps Conserve Habitat

How can luxury bedding help to conserve a habitat? Seems like a funny question, but with a new spin on insulation, that's exactly what's happening. Milkweed may not be the first thing that comes to mind for insulation, but Ogallala Comfort Company uses it as an environmentally friendly option.  Ogallala's Hypodown products are made with a combination of…

Protect local milkweed stands for a robust monarch migration.

How the Monarch Population Handles the Winter

Some butterfly species can overwinter as larvae, pupae, or adults; however, the monarch butterfly cannot survive the cold winters of northern climates. As the temperature begins to change, monarchs sense when it is time to begin traveling south to a warmer climate. During the annual migration to Mexico and California, the monarchs use air currents and thermals…

Checking for monarch caterpillars.

Outdoor Classrooms: Challenge, Engage, and Get Kids Thinking

With all the stressors of testing and standards-driven education, it's time to take the children outdoors for more authentic learning experiences. By challenging, engaging, and getting the kids thinking about their natural surroundings, they will love learning new things. As you teach them about monarch butterflies and their dwindling numbers, engage their imagination and have them…

Monarchs go to California as well as Mexico!

California Bound! Not All Monarchs Go to Mexico

Every fall when the weather starts to get colder, the beautiful monarch butterflies make their migration south. Many of these painted creatures travel to Mexico and the Gulf coast to overwinter and lay eggs for next year's migration. Some monarchs will travel to California to the few sanctuaries that remain. One of the best locations…

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