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August 2018

Journey North on Twitter

Posted August 30, 2018

Wings of Hope: Monarchs in the Natural State

Posted August 22, 2018

See this YouTube video produced by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service about monarch butterfly conservation efforts in Arkansas

A Quest to Document the World’s Flowering Plants

BY , Writer for the Nature Conservancy
August 14, 2018 | Follow Matthew L.

Chris Davidson and Sharon Christoph seeking plants at The Nature Conservancy's Zumwalt Prairie Preserve.
Chris Davidson and Sharon Christoph seeking plants at The Nature Conservancy's Zumwalt Prairie Preserve. Photo © Tim Tower.

Chris Davidson and Sharon Christoph have been on an epic scientific quest to photograph and document every flowering plant journey on earth. It’s a journey that has taken them to 45 countries, and from the deserts of Namibia to the mountainous, temperate forests of Yunnan. Along the way, they’ve collected plant samples for dozens of herbaria and documented numerous undescribed species.

Read more about the Christoph's on Cool Green Science…

July 2018

Monongahela National Forest Celebrates New Partnership with Green Forests Work and Snowshoe Mountain Resort

Posted July 25, 2018

Volunteers work to plant trees across an open tract of tilled soiled among the mountain forest.
Volunteers work to plant trees across an open tract of tilled soiled among the mountain forest. Photo US Forest Service.

Green Forests Work, Snowshoe Mountain Resort, and the Monongahela National Forest kicked of their new partnership at the Sharp’s Knob Tree Planting event Saturday, May 19, 2018, in Pocahontas County, West Virginia.

Take a look behind the scenes at one of the Snowshoe Mountain Resort's #foreverwild initiatives, a partnership with the Forest Service, American Chestnut Foundation, Green Forests Work, Office of Surface Mining, and The Nature Conservancy. The Sharp's Knob Restoration Project reclaimed a stripped mountain top by planting native trees and digging the ground to allow water back in and prevent runoff.

Join the 2018 International Monarch Monitoring Blitz to help save the monarch butterfly!

Posted July 18, 2018

Monarch Joint Venture logo.

From July 28 to August 5, 2018, citizens from Canada, the United States and Mexico are invited to participate in the second International Monarch Monitoring Blitz to help identify the monarch butterfly's breeding sites. Launched for the first time last year, the International Monarch Monitoring Blitz aims to provide a valuable snapshot of monarch population status across the monarch flyway.

View the article on the Monarch Joint Venture website…

2018 Monarch Conservation Webinar Series - Next Webinar: “Meadow Establishment in the East”

Posted July 18, 2018

The next webinar in the 2018 Monarch Conservation Series is coming! The "Meadow Establishment in the East" webinar will discuss establishing and maintaining native meadows in the eastern United States.

Register: Meadow Establishment in the East

2018 Monarch Conservation Webinar Series schedule.

Also visit the 2018 Monarch Conservation Webinar Series web page…

Pollinator Program Successes Sprouting Up Across Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest

Posted July 2, 2018

Newsletter banner image including a monarch butterfuly larva, honey bee, and adult monarch butterfly.
Mount Charleston blue butterfly on Nuttall’s linanthus along the Spring Mountain National Recreation Area’s Bonanza Trail, Nevada. Forest Service photo by Katy Gulley.

The Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest is participating in a national effort to reverse the loss of pollinator species. Although the pollinator program is in its infancy, efforts across the Forest has resulted in the improvement of more than 36,000 acres of habitat in the last two years. Improvements have been made through weed treatments, fuels reduction, and watershed restoration projects.

Read more about the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest's accomplishments…

June 2018

Pollinator Week 2018 - Intermountain Region

Posted June 21, 2018

Newsletter banner image including a monarch butterfuly larva, honey bee, and adult monarch butterfly.

The USDA Forest Service Intermountain Region, published a special issue of their regional newsletter for Pollinator Week. It features information about pollinators, what they are, their decline, and what you can do to help. Also visit the Intermountain Region's News and Events web page for more pollinator news.

Plant a garden that butterflies, hummingbirds, and bees will love as much as you!

Brochure cover.

Posted June 21, 2018

The Bee Smart® Pollinator Gardener is your comprehensive guide to selecting plants for pollinators specific to your area. Never get caught wondering what plants to buy again!

It is available free on both Android and iOS (iPhone, iPad, iPod) platforms.

Go to the Pollinator Partnership BeeSmart web page…

Maintaining and Improving Habitat for Hummingbirds in Alaska

Posted June 15, 2018

Brochure cover.

Hummingbirds play an important role in the food web, pollinating a variety of flowering plants, some of which are specifically adapted to pollination by hummingbirds. This guide is intended to help you provide and improve habitat for hummingbirds, as well as for other pollinators. This guide provides brief descriptions of the hummingbirds that occur within Alaska, as well as some basic information about their habitat needs.

See the Alaska hummingbird guide and also see other hummingbird guides for other parts of the United States.

National Pollinator Week, June 18-24, 2018

Posted June 11, 2018

Pollinator nest boxes.

Eleven years ago the U.S. Senate’s unanimous approval and designation of a week in June as “National Pollinator Week” marked a necessary step toward addressing the urgent issue of declining pollinator populations. Pollinator Week has now grown into an international celebration of the valuable ecosystem services provided by bees, birds, butterflies, bats and beetles.

Visit the Pollinator Partnership for more information about National Pollinator Week, find events, take action, get a toolkit, graphics, poster, fun facts, and sutff for kids.

Also, see Pollinator Week Activities in Washington DC (all events are free).

May 2018

Webinar - Trees for Bees: Pollinator Habitats in Urban Forests

Posted May 29, 2018

Pollinator nest boxes.
Pollinator nest boxes. Credit: Elizabeth Benton.

Scheduled for July 10, 2018 at 1:00 pm (US/Eastern), the Trees for Bees: Pollinator Habitats in Urban Forests webinar will provide Extension Agents with information and resources to promote pollinator habitats in urban and suburban forests. Pollinator habitats are important to all landscapes, including urban and suburban forests. Pollinators need numerous resources in addition to nectar and pollen, such as nesting sites, water, and shelter. The webinar will cover pollinator habitat needs and ways to promote pollinators in urban and suburban forests. Available resource materials and instructions for a hands-on learning activity will be included.

Visit the Webinar Portal for Forestry and Natural Resources for more information about this webinar…

National Wildflowers Week 2018

Posted May 22, 2018

Monarch butterfly. Photo by Ed Boggess.

United States Department of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue proclaimed May 20 -26, 2018, as “National Wildflowers Week.” National Wildflowers Week will kick off a season-long festival of events highlighting wildflower appreciation, education, interpretation, and restoration activities. The Department of Agriculture’s Forest Service,the Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Land Management, Fish and Wildlife Service, and National Park Service, along with all of our partners who participate in the Federal Interagency Plant Conservation Alliance, will join together to celebrate the diversity of plants and plant habitats found on the Nation’s public lands.

See the Secretary's proclamation (PDF)…

New Plan Aims to Reverse Monarch Butterfly Decline

Posted May 15, 2018

Monarch butterfly. Photo by Ed Boggess.

The Midwest Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (MAFWA) welcomes public comments through May 31, 2018, on a draft conservation plan that provides a blueprint for reversing the decline of the eastern monarch butterfly population.

The Mid-America Monarch Conservation Strategy builds on existing efforts of state, federal, and local agencies and private organizations and individuals. It covers a 16-state region stretching from Texas to the Upper Midwest that encompasses the primary production and migratory habitat areas for eastern monarchs. Other eastern monarch states are also collaborating with the plan

For more information, a copy of the draft strategy, and how to submit comments, please visit the MAFWA website at Mid-America Monarch Conservation Strategy.

New Pollinator Partnership Poster: Pollinators and Seeds

Pollinators and Seeds poster.

Posted May 9, 2018

A diversity of managed and native pollinators supports healthy wildlands and a nutritious food supply in North America. In turn, native plant communities that sustain pollinators are an essential foundation for ecosystem integrity and diversity.

Rebuilding native plant communities after rangeland fires, the spread of invasive species, hurricanes, floods, and severe drought requires seeds that fit the climate and geography to ensure the species longevity. As we restore and rehabilitate these habitats, pollinator health will increase through a diverse food supply of pollen and nectar. Healthy pollinator populations will ensure productive crops and the food security necessary in the 21st century.

Visit the Pollinator Partnership to see the poster and read more about Pollinators and Seeds…

National Pollinator Garden Network Seeks 300,000 Pollinator Gardens to Reach Goal of One Million Registered Gardens

Posted May 2, 2018

Pollinator garden flowers. Photo by Wendy Caldwell.

Americans concerned about saving bees, butterflies and other pollinators and their roles in our ecosystems are being asked to #beecounted and help the National Pollinator Garden Network reach one million bee-friendly gardens by National Pollinator Week, June 18-24, 2018. See Monarch Joint Venture News…

By creating, planting and maintaining garden, and registering it on the Million Pollinator Garden Challenge map, Americans can contribute to revitalizing the health of bees, butterflies, birds, bats and other pollinators across the U.S.

April 2018

New Handout! Why Grow and Sell Native Milkweed?

Posted April 23, 2018

Milkweed seedlings. Photo by Wndy Caldwell.

The Monarch Joint Venture is pleased to announce the release of a new handout: “Why Grow and Sell Native Milkweed?

This handout provides the public, gardeners, and plant growers and nurseries with a concise description of the importance of native milkweeds and their value to monarchs and to the plant industry! With tips about overcoming barriers to growing milkweed, resources for further reading and examples of native milkweeds for regions across the U.S., this new handout will be a valuable resource for anyone interested in the native milkweed industry. If you’re not a grower or nursery, consider bringing this resource to your local nursery manager if they aren’t already selling pesticide-free native milkweed!

Download the handout…

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Bumble Bee Ecology and Conservation

Posted April 9, 2018

2018 NAA Pollinator Management Webinar Series Banner.

Join the conversation to learn the conservation status of North America's bumble bees (including the federally endangered rusty patched bumble bee, Bombus affinis), threats they face, and conservation measures known to support healthy bee communities.

The Bumble Bee Ecology and Conservation webinar will cover the basics of bumble bee ecology and conservation. Participants will learn the status of North America’s nearly 50 species of bumble bees, the threats they face, and the role that important habitat features and land management play in supporting robust bumble bee communities. Participants will also learn basic identification skills as well as the resources available for a more in depth investigation.

This webinar is presented by the  USDA NRCS East National Technology Support Center.

February 2018

2018 Monarch Conservation Webinar Series

Posted February 13, 2018

Join us for the 2018 Monarch Conservation Webinar Series, hosted by the Monarch Joint Venture and the USFWS National Conservation Training Center! On the 4th Tuesday of each month, we will dive into a new monarch conservation topic with expertise and experience from the MJV partnership and other organizations.

2018 Monarch Conservation Webinar Series schedule.

Visit the 2018 Monarch Conservation Webinar Series web page…

Monarch Butterfly and Pollinators Conservation Fund 2018 Funding Opportunity

Posted February 8, 2018

Monarch butterfly.

The Monarch Butterfly and Pollinators Conservation Fund accepted applications for competitive grant funding in 2018.

January 2018

New Guidelines for Protecting California’s Butterfly Groves

Posted January 23, 2018

Zumwalt Prairie Preserve in Oregon wildflowers.Monarchs Clustering on Eucalyptus at Woodlands Village, Nipomo, CA. Photo: Xerces Society, Carly Voight.

To guide land managers, landowners, and community groups who wish to implement management actions to protect, improve, and restore monarch overwintering habitat, the Xerces Society partnered with Stu Weiss of Creekside Center for Earth Observation to publish Protecting California’s Butterfly Groves: Management Guidelines for Monarch Butterfly Overwintering Habitat.

Read more about new guidelines for protecting California's butterfly groves…

Science on the Prairie

Posted January 5, 2018

Zumwalt Prairie Preserve in Oregon wildflowers.
In the spring, The Nature Conservancy’s 33,000-acre Zumwalt Prairie Preserve in Oregon is known for its wildflowers like these silky lupine (in purple) and lampstongue ragwort (in yellow) found along Zumwalt-Buckhorn Road. Photo © Aaron Huey.

In the rural ranchlands of far eastern Oregon, scientists are studying wildflowers to learn more about the shrinking prairie. Each year, a team of technicians and volunteers from all over the world make the trek to Zumwalt Prairie in far eastern Oregon to examine the flowers. Since about 2006, teams have studied plots of prairie, identifying species, noting invasive plants and generally monitoring how the landscape changes.

Read more about Science on the Prairie on Cool Green Science, from the Nature Conservancy Magazine…

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