Honey Bees & Monarch Butterflies Get Habitat Boost from Federal Project

A public-private partnership program announced by the U.S. Department of Agriculture hopes to incentivize building habitat that’s good for honey bees and monarch butterflies. The program will provide seed for putting land into habitat friendly plants and flowers as well as land rental.

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Feds to Create a 1,500-mile “Butterfly Corridor”

The goal is to help monarch butterflies make their annual migration from Minnesota to Mexico. Monarch numbers have been falling due to loss of habitat — particularly milkweed. Get the full story on the plan from Quartz.

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Nearly a Billion Monarchs Butterflies Have Vanished

Since 1990, monarch butterfly counts have shown a decrease by nearly a billion insects. Is this a canary in the coal mine? I don’t know, but I can say that I notice fewer of them around than in years past. More from the Washington Post.

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Monarch Butterflies Could be Declared Endangered

Population counts have declined by as much as 90% over the last 20 years and scientists are trying to find the reasons why. Anecdotally, I see fewer monarchs today than I did when I was a kid.

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