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Monarchs on the Rebound – Hopefully!

MBF Board member Chip Taylor, Director of Monarch Watch, reviewed temperatures and milkweed conditions in Texas in May 2014 and predicted a “modest increase” in the monarch population for this winter. We were not disappointed! The results of July 1st (Canada) and July 4th (U.S.A.) butterfly counts clearly indicated that the monarch population was increasing and greater than 2013. Weather and temperature conditions in the northern breeding area remained favorable for reproduction.

December 05, 2014

As the fall migration commenced, reports of roosting monarchs, almost absent last year, were reported to Journey North from southern Canada and the northern United States. Some clusters contained over 2,000 individuals. Migration through the United States was delayed due to southerly winds and cool temperatures, but as the migration funneled through Texas in mid-October, counts and reports submitted by observers again confirmed that numbers were greater than last fall. Journey North issued a special report on October 30th that migrating monarchs were arriving in the Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve. This was a welcomed sight for local residents. In 2013, for the first time ever, their arrival came a few days after Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead).

Inside this Issue:

  • Monarchs on the Rebound – Hopefully!
  • Reforestation – A Key Goal
  • Ecotourism and School Children Workshops

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