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HOPE FOR MONARCH BUTTERFLIES

 

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.

BUTTERFLIES AND BIRDS FALLING PREY TO SOLAR POWER TOWER AT IVANPAH

 

 

 

 

 

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.

IF YOU GROW IT, THEY WILL COME

 

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.

3RD ANNUAL SAGE & SONGBIRDS FALL FESTIVAL SEPT. 15

 

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.

MONARCH MANIA AT VIEJAS OUTLET CENTER SEPTEMBER 18

 

 

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!
 

IT'S A WILD VENUE FOR VENDORS AT VIEJAS SEPTEMBER 18


 
 
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. 

MONARCH MANIA TAKES WING IN ALPINE: SAGE & SONGBIRDS FALL FESTIVAL SEPT. 25

 

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.

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