Celebrating Wildflowers News Current Year 2018

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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