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Celebrating Wildflowers News Current Year 2019

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.