This site is a great way to watch the Monarch migration unfold. It also gives tips to help distinguish between Monarchs and look-a-likes like Viceroy butterflies. Wind and cold weather are pushing back the migration this year, but some have already been seen in New York and many other places across the country.
Great New York Times article today on federal proposals to bolster bees. A three pronged approach: decrease pesticide usage, make more federal land bee friendly, and spend more money on research. The same measures will help Monarch butterflies, too. White House science advisor John Holdren says beekeepers lost 40% of their hives last year. HeRead More
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