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Teach Your Children About Monarch Butterflies

The majestic monarch butterfly is easy to spot with its orange, black, and white markings. Every fall, northern monarchs make an incredible journey to warmer weather in Southern California and Central Mexico. This 3,000-mile migration is a sight to behold. Unfortunately, the migration is a threatened phenomenon due to climate change and habitat loss. Here are some additional…

"Sod Busting" is when intact prairies are plowed up for "productive agriculture".

“Sod Busting” is Destroying Prairies

According to the World Wildlife Fund, the Great Plains have lost more than 50 million acres over the last few years from deforestation. This is more than the Brazilian Amazon has lost. The prairie habitat is home to monarch butterflies, native bumblebees, and grassland songbirds, all of which are threatened by these changes. If the…

Caterpillars will chew on your plants. Don't worry.

Bring in the Butterflies while Feeding your Family

Welcome butterflies to your vegetable garden by including specific plants that will increase pollination for a bountiful harvest. Are you tired of paying for overpriced organic produce, but you're concerned about the chemicals used in conventional farming? With GMOs taking over the industry and limited organic options readily available, maybe now is the right time…

How Avocado Orchards are Impacting the Monarchs

The annual migration of the monarch butterfly is an amazing phenomenon. As the weather gets colder, swarms of monarch butterflies migrate to Mexico where it is warm all year, but there is now a new threat to their winter habitat. In the small farming town of Apútzio de Juárez, there is a desire to grow avocado,…

Maxcine takes a break in the Goldenrod

Maxcine Working to Save Monarchs and Pass on Work Ethic to her Family

With the striking contrast of orange, white and black, the Monarch butterfly is considered by many, the most beautiful of all the butterflies. It also happens to be one of the most common butterflies in North America. However, the existence of Monarch butterflies is being threatened. The increased use of herbicides and urban sprawl have…

Think before you Spray: The Chemical/Health Connection in your Food

Some people believe that chemicals such as pesticides, herbicides, and fertilizers are the answer to dealing with insects and weeds in their gardens. Some farmers and home gardeners apply them to crops for a better yield, not really understanding the long-term effects on consumption. These chemicals now have a different reputation than once believed because they threaten the environment and…

Weeding Out: 5 Tips to Maintain Your Veggie Garden (And Your Sanity!)

Veggie gardens are a source of nutrition and enjoyment, but when it comes to maitnenance and weeding, it can be real work. Many vegetables and herbs are also host plants for caterpillars and bring in the pollinators, which increases the harvest. Dill weed is one important plant for butterflies that you may have growing in your veggie garden. From host…

Monarchs: The Truth Behind Their Disappearance

Perhaps no other butterfly is quite as iconic as the monarch, his characteristic orange and black markings brilliant against a summer-blue sky. However, this beautiful sight is sadly in danger of disappearing, as Monarch Butterflies are decreasing at an alarming rate. Research published this year from the WWF-Telcel Alliance and the Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve…

The Plight of the Monarch Butterfly, and How to Save Them

Perhaps no other butterfly is quite as iconic as the monarch, his characteristic orange and black markings brilliant against a summer-blue sky. However, this beautiful sight is sadly in danger of disappearing, as Monarch Butterflies are decreasing at an alarming rate. Research published this year from the WWF-Telcel Alliance and the Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve…

Monarch Flyway: Pella Partnership

The Monarch butterfly could soon end up on the Endangered Species List if drastic steps are not taken to ensure its survival. Scientists believe the butterfly’s decline is linked to genetically modified crops and herbicides, which kill milkweed, the Monarch caterpillar’s only source of food. Monarch Flyway and Pella Wildlife Company have launched a partnership…

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