December 31, 2014 (San Diego’s East County)--Monarch butterflies may warrant protection under the U.S. Endangered Species Act, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service states. Monarch populations have dropped up to 90 percent in the last 20 years due to loss of milkweed plants that the butterflies need to lay their eggs and nourish caterpillars that emerge from cocoons.
By Miriam Raftery
September 24, 2014 (San Diego’s East County)--Earlier this year, we reported on a 90% decline in the number of Monarch butterflies in their annual winter migration to Mexico. But now, there are signs of hope on the horizon.
Photo (left): Ivanpah Solar testing; photo by Tom Budlong
Photo (center): warbler with over 50% of its feathers burned was found alive, but died of its injuries
Monarch butterfly (photo, right) numbers are down 90% in the most recent Pacific migration
By Miriam Raftery
April 15, 2014 (San Diego’s East County) – Last month we reported that themonarch butterflies’ annual migration to Mexico is down 90%. Various theories have been proposed. But now a newly released study by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service reveals that “hundreds upon hundreds of butterflies” including monarchs, along with dragonflies, were found dead at the Ivanpah solar site.
Public asked to plant Milkweed to save Monarch Butterflies;
Monsanto Roundup blamed for sharp demise in Monarch migration
By Grey Feathers
February 17, 2014 (San Diego’s East County)--Monarch butterflies in abundance filled the air and gardens in San Diego County for as long as anyone can remember. These colorful butterflies migrate over 2,000 miles to winter in Southern California and Baja Mexico. The great mystery of how generations of Monarchs find their way south over such vast distances may never be known.
But this year, the numbers of Monarch butterflies reaching Mexico have reached an all time low—down an alarming 90 percent, the World Wildlife Fund has just announced, the Los Angeles Times reports. How can this be? One factor stands out: loss of Milkweed.
September 6, 2013 (Alpine) – The 3rd annual Sage & Songbirds Fall Festival is September 15 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Alpine Creek Town Center, 1347 Tavern Rd., Alpine. This year’s event will include Monarch Mania, with a monarch butterfly release at 2 p.m.
September 4, 2011 (Alpine) --Last year's Monarch Mania event drew thousands of visitors, eager to witness the release of hundreds of magnificent Monarch butterflies, and take part in other Festival activities, along with shopping for unique arts and crafts from event vendors.
In addition to the Monarch butterfly release, Monarch Mania will include caterpillar races, a plant sale (of specialty butterfly host and nectar plants), caterpillar sale to grow your own butterflies, and a chrysalis tree where on lookers will watch butterflies emerge before their very eyes!
August 11, 2011 (Viejas) --Are you a vendor looking for a wild venue? Monarch Mania, set for Sunday, Sept. 18 at Viejas Outlet Center in Alpine, is for you! Last year's Monarch Mania event drew thousands of visitors, eager to witness the release of hundreds of magnificent Monarch butterflies and take part in other Festival activities, along with shopping for unique arts and crafts from event vendors.
September 18, 2010 (Alpine) -- After 13 wildly successful spring festivals, Sage & Songbirds s launching its first-ever Fall Festival in Alpine on Saturday, Sept. 25 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Viejas Outlet Center. Admission is free. Monarch Mania will feature a live Monarch butterfly release at 2 p.m., caterpillar races, a plant sale of specialty butterfly host plants, and a chrysalis tree where onlookers will watch butterflies emerge.