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Celebrating Wildflowers News Current Year 2019

May 2019

Celebrating Wildflowers has been Updated!

Posted May 30, 2019

Celebrating Wildflowers Logo featuring a Mariposa Lily and Yellow Ladyslipper Orchid.

The Celebrating Wildflowers website has a fresh new look and has been updated so it can be viewed on smartphones and tablets, as well as computers.

We hope you like the changes we've made and continue to celebrate with us the thousands of wildflowers growing on our national forests and grasslands!

Contact us if you have questions or comments.

Seize the Daisies: Go see wildflowers before they’re gone

Posted May 8, 2019

A field of yellow wildflowers. Wildflowers in the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest. USDA photo by Preston Keres.

A sunrise on Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie perfectly illuminates beautiful wildflowers. A sunrise on Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie perfectly illuminates beautiful wildflowers. USDA Forest Service photo.

As spring literally blossoms across the nation, the brilliant colors of wildflowers—their reds, oranges, blues and yellows—splash across the landscape from wildlands to city parks to manicured lawns. In recognition of National Wildflower Week, which is always the third week of May, the USDA Forest Service wants you to enjoy this natural and wild bouquet by visiting a national forest or grassland wildflower viewing area.

Read more about seizing the daisies on the Forest Service Blog…

March 2019

National Pollinator Garden Network Surpasses Goal of One Million Registered Pollinator Gardens

Posted March 1, 2019

In just three years, 1,040,000 gardens were registered with the Million Pollinator Garden Challenge (MPGC) involving an estimated eight million people, concentrated in the United States, and Canada with some in Mexico, and across the globe. From tiny yards to public gardens, the million plus gardens add up to a network of approximately five million acres of enhanced or new pollinator habitat.

Read the National Pollinator Garden Network's 2019 Press Release…

February 2019

The Weird Sex Lives of Orchids

Posted February 19, 2019

Monarch butterflies on conifer branches. Drakaea thinniphila, a species of Australian hammer orchid. Photo © ron_n_beths pics / Flickr.

The animal kingdom is full of strange, endearing, and even alarming courtship rituals and mating habits. Yet we don’t hear much about the bizarre reproductive strategies that plants use to produce the next generation.

Read about orchid reproductive strategies…

January 2019

Eastern Monarch Population Numbers Increase 144% from Last Year

Posted January 31, 2019

Monarch butterflies on conifer branches. © Wendy Caldwell, Monarch Joint Venture.

The eastern North American monarch population estimate for the winter of 2018-2019 reports a population size of 6.05 hectares, announced by World Wildlife Fund - Mexico and the Comisión Nacional de Áreas Naturales Protegidas (CONANP). This is the largest population we have seen since 2007, an increase of 144% compared to last year.

Read more about the monarch population increase on the Monarch Joint Venture website…

2019 Monarch Conservation Webinar Series

Posted January 29, 2019

The Monarch Joint Venture is excited to announce the topics for the 2019 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.

2019 Monarch Conservation Webinar Series schedule.