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Celebrating Wildflowers News Current Year 2020

January 2020

Announcing the 2020 Monarch Conservation Webinar Series!

Posted January 23, 2020

Photo of a monarch butterfly sitting on a person's hand Photo of a monarch butterfly sitting on a person's hand. License: CC0 Public Domain

MJV and NCTC are pleased to announce the lineup for our 2020 Monarch Conservation Webinar Series! The Monarch Joint Venture is partnering with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service National Conservation Training Center to put on another year full of informative and inspiring webinars on all things monarch.

Read more and check out the webinar titles and dates…

Thanksgiving Count Shows Western Monarchs Need Our Help More than Ever

Posted January 23, 2020

Closeup adult Monarch butterflies congregating on a branch. Closeup of adult monarch butterflies congregating on a branch. Photo by Denise Gibbs.

The results from this season's Xerces Western Monarch Thanksgiving Count are out! Fewer than 30,000 monarchs were counted — 29,418 to be exact — for the second year in a row, so the population remains at a critical level. For decades, monarchs in the West have been in decline because of loss of habitat, including destruction of their California overwintering sites and loss of both milkweed for caterpillars and flowering resources to fuel migration. They are also impacted by climate change and pesticide use.

Read more about western monarch butterfly populations…

Blog article about the population count for this winter…