Butterflies of California's Journal

December 04, 2020

2,000 Butterflies Counted So Far, Western Monarch Takes an Astonishing Step Closer to Extinction.

Two years ago, when volunteers counted only 27,212 monarch butterflies in the Xerces Society’s annual Western Monarch Thanksgiving Count, it meant the butterflies had crossed a threshold identified by scientists as the point past which western migratory monarchs were likely to become extinct.


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November 12, 2020

North American Monarch Butterfly Ecology and Conservation.

Monarch butterflies—an iconic flagship species for grassland ecosystems and pollinator conservation-- are widespread, yet both the eastern North American and western US populations have declined.


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August 27, 2020

California Biodiversity Day 2020 - California Natural Resources Agency

This year, we are excited to have many partners joining us to host California Biodiversity Day events from September 5 to September 13. Please check out the events below to see how you can participate in celebrating California Biodiversity Day 2020!


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July 28, 2020

Participate in the International Monarch Monitoring Blitz & Reconnect with the Outdoors!

Join thousands of volunteers in Canada, Mexico and the United States, from July 24 to August 2, 2020 for the 4th annual International Monarch Monitoring Blitz (the Blitz). With limited ability to do field work due to COVID-19 restrictions, researchers need your observations now more than ever.


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March 07, 2020

North American Butterfly Association Count


A North American Butterfly Association (NABA) Count will be on April 11, 2020 (weather permitting).
The count is centered at Salt Creek Recreational Center in Chula Vista (near Otay Lakes).

With an 8-mile radius, this area includes R. Jamul, SD National Wildlife Refuge (R. San Diego),
Sweetwater Reservoir, Sweetwater Regional Park, and Otay Region.

You can find this count on:


under: "Southwest San Diego County, CA"

If you or any of your friends are interested, please let me know by the end of March. Also, your level of expertise with butterflies so I can match experts with novices. No nets will be used,
just binoculars and lenses. This is the first time that a NABA count has been conducted in San Diego city limits in
a while (if ever), so it should be fun.
We will be meeting at Salt Creek Recreation Center in Chula Vista at 9am. All levels welcome from beginner to expert!

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February 28, 2020

When the People Investigate: How Citizen Science has Transformed Research.

From saving monarch butterflies to documenting the climate crisis, citizen scientists are reshaping science -- and helping drive what questions are worth asking.


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February 26, 2020

State Parks asks Californians to document monarch butterflies.

As the number of western monarch butterflies decreases, California State Parks is asking people to document where the butterflies are going.


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February 14, 2020

Butterfly advocates ask for help tracking monarchs.

Those looking to participate in the challenge can submit photos through the Western Monarch Milkweed Mapper project on iNaturalist — a crowdsourcing naturalist app jointly sponsored by the California Academy of Science and National Geographic — or by emailing them to MonarchMystery@wsu.edu.


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February 12, 2020

Scientists look to public to help migratory monarch butterflies bounce back.

During the Western Monarch Mystery Challenge, which starts on Feb. 14, Valentine’s Day, and runs through April 22, Earth Day, California residents are asked to report sightings of monarchs. The data they collect will give much-needed insight into the butterflies’ habitat needs during the spring months, so researchers can better target conservation efforts.


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February 01, 2020

Beer-for-a-Butterfly Contest not over.

Art Shapiro, UC Davis distinguished professor of evolution and ecology who annually sponsors the contest in the three-county area of Sacramento, Solano and Yolo to determine the first flight of the cabbage white butterfly, sighted one last Thursday at the Putah Creek Nature Park, Winters, Yolo County, but did not collect it


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