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Celebrating Wildflowers is dedicated to the enjoyment of the thousands of wildflowers growing on our national forests and grasslands, and to educating the public about the many values of native plants.

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“The People’s Tree” Lights up the Capitol

Posted December 19, 2019

The U.S. Army Brass Quintet performs in front of the adorned U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree. The U.S. Army Brass Quintet performs in front of the adorned U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree. Photo by Tanya Flores, Office of Communications.

A special gift from the Carson National Forest has successfully completed its cross-country journey to Washington, D.C. Harvested on Nov. 6, 2019, the massive 60-foot blue spruce, known affectionately as the “People’s Tree,” traveled over 2,000 miles and stopped for celebrations in 25 communities before arriving at the U.S. Capitol in late November. Today, the tree stands on the West Front Lawn of the U.S. Capitol Building and is decorated with thousands of handcrafted ornaments made by school children from the state of New Mexico.

Read more about the "The People's Tree"…

Introducing “Real Time” Counts at a Few California Overwintering Sites

Posted November 14, 2019

Snapshot of the 2019 Real Time Western Monarch Count Data. Snapshot of the 2019 Real Time Western Monarch Count Data. Visit the Xerces' Western Monarch Thanksgiving Count home page for updates.

New this season: the Xerces Society is introducing "real time" counts at a few overwintering sites thanks to some great volunteers. There's a new graphic in the slider with counts from a few important overwintering sites. We'll be updating these counts regularly throughout the overwintering season so you can get a glimpse at how many monarchs are clustered.

Check out the homepage of Xerces' Western Monarch Thanksgiving Count…

More than Monarchs: Restoring Ecosystems

Posted October 3, 2019

Honeybee on an aster. Honeybee on an aster. Photo by Candy Sarikonda, courtesy Monarch Joint Venture.

While monarchs are intrinsically important, conserving monarchs matters for more than just their own protection. Monarch Joint Venture is exploring the ways that monarch habitat and conservation helps people, other wildlife and the environment in the “More than Monarchs” series. 

Read more about restoring ecosystems on Monarch Joint Venture…

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