NEW: From Julia Butterfly Hill, this invitation:
Women On Purpose for the Planet

The care of the Earth is our most ancient and most worthy, and after all our most pleasing responsibility.
To cherish what remains of it and to foster its renewal is our only hope.
~ Wendell Berry
Cupid and Psyche Cupid and Psyche



  Yesterday's focus: 2018, SOUL MATRIX:
The Year of the Butterfly

Today's focus: the Monarch Butterfly

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California Monarch Butterflies Suddenly Near Extinction
'It's a sad reality': a troubling trend sees a 97% decline in monarch butterflies

Excellent Expose by the Xerces Society

UPDATE: APRIL 26, 2019

But now: HOW ENCOURAGING!!!!! (and with photos!!)
How One Man Singlehandedly Repopulated a Rare Butterfly Species in His SF Backyard

UPDATE: MAY 11, 2019

But now: HOW DEVASTATING!!!!! (and with charts!!)
UN Report: 1 Million Animal And Plant Species At Risk Of Extinction

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Click postcard to buy direct from on demand printer:

Monarch Butterfly postcard front page ..... Monarch Butterfly  postcard back page

Prosaic quote in small white font on the postcard back is by Thomas_Bulfinch, writing in "Beauties of Mythology"

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How to Start a Butterfly Garden, by the North American Butterfly Association

NWF and list of native monarch butterfly friendly plants and milkweek varieties.
Inland Calif including Mt Shasta area...OR...All USA map and list

...OR...Straight to the heart of the matter, by Zip Code:
The Amazing NWF Native Plant and Butterfly Finder

AND/OR try the Gardens With Wings Butterflies by zipcode.

Monarch Watch and their Monarch Waystation Certification Program
Learn about Nature: Monarch Butterfly
Join the National Wildlife Federation: Butterfly Heroes

The Butterfly Site (for the kids)

The Monarch Butterfly looks like it is going extinct ~ but here's how you can help turn that around. In the opinion of many scientists the monarchs and many other butterflies are sliding toward extinction because of three things: 1) climate change / extreme weather; 2) loss of habitat; and 3) the reckless use and misuse of chemical pesticides and herbicides. But you can probably do something that could directly help the monarchs and others: Plan and tend a "butterfly garden". All butterflies need flowers to get nectar from to eat, and, in addition, monarch butterflies need milkweed to lay eggs on for emerging caterpillars to eat, and they prefer milkweed native to the area they are from. Contact your local plant nursery, and / or there are quite a few organizations and websites to help you create your own successful monarch / butterfly garden. Here are a few:

Environmental Orgs to Reach out to:
National Resources Defence Council (NRDC) - Save Monarch Butterflies
The World Wildlife Fund - WWF
The National Wildlife Federation (NWF) NWF Monarch page
The Environmental Defense Fund (EDF)

And of special importance in turning around the Monarch Butterfly disaster:
The XERCES SOCIETY For Invertebrate Conservation
is an international nonprofit organization that protects wildlife through the conservation of invertebrates and their habitats. We take our name from the now extinct Xerces Blue butterfly (Glaucopsyche xerces), the first butterfly known to go extinct in North America as a result of human activities.

FWS: The Monarch Butterfly Story: Western U.S and how you can help
FWS: Save the Monarch ..and.. FWS: Get involved as an individual
FWS: Get Involved (with the USWFS Save the Monarch program) as a Farmer

MNN: The 86% 2018-19 Monarch California decline may be due mostly to weather and fires??
Milkweed seed finder
Monarch Joint Venture
Create Habitat for Monarchs
NEW:">How to Plant an Organic Garden for Butterflies.
NEW: Fun colorful guide to butterfly plants, mostly in eastern US.
NEW: Sunset Mag: 21 Best Plants for Pollinators - US, colorful, but no regard to native needs
NEW: Gardens With Wings - the Milkweed Plant
Map of the different wild Milkweed areas
How to plant Showy Milkweed seeds indoors in winter and plant outside in spring.

Some of them are listed below: (let us know how they work for you, thanks)

Spring Hill Nursery and Gardens - 1234 Nixon Rd, Mt Shasta, CA - 530-926-2565-
Native Grounds - 172 South Mt Shasta Blvd Mt Shasta, CA 96067 - 530-926-0555 - email?
Healthy Gardens - 5525 N Old Stage Rd, Mt Shasta, CA - 530-368-2888 - email?

Sierra Seed Supply 358 Williams Valley Rd. Greenville, CA 95947 - Phone: 530-284-7926 -
Hedge Row Farms 21905 County Road 88 in Winters, CA - Phone: 530-662-6847 -

Quote: "Dry milkweed down has a buoyancy that would make helium jealous, so if you let the pods dry and split, I recommend you clean them outdoors." ~ William Cullina,
Wildflowers: A Guide to Growing and Propagating Native Flowers of North America

Monarch Butterflies in the Pacific Northwest

Monarch Butterflies in the Pacific Northwest

Lincoln Brower was Mr Monarch! The insights he developed on Monarch behavior came from decades of devoted study on the Monarch. One of these insights was his belief that persistence of the western population depended on sporadic 'bursts' of individuals from the eastern population. This happens during March when some of the overwintering butterflies in Mexico head NW instead of NE. In most years this influx may be quite small but in others it can be substantial. In some years the NW movement is aided by unusual wind patterns. When a substantial 'Brower's Burst' happens, the western population gets a significant boost in numbers. Although no one has provided scientific proof (yet) of Brower's Burst, circumstantial evidence points to it being real. In the past 2 decades, years of historically low overwintering populations in California have been followed by increases of ~150% in the following year, which could be a result of Brower's burst. In 2002 the overwintering population sunk to 99,353 (from > 200,000 in 2001). In 2003 it increased by 156% to 254,378. In 2009 only 58,468 Monarchs were counted at overwintering sites (the lowest until 2018). But the following year (2010) numbers were back up to 143,204 an increase of 145%. Unfortunately, nobody was monitoring Monarch migration and sightings in New Mexico and Arizona during early spring, but its quite likely that Brower's Burst led to these substantial one-year turn-arounds in western population size. Will it happen this year?? I think it will. Because of the substantial size of the Mexican overwintering colonies this year and the dismally small numbers of western Monarchs, only a small Brower's Burst should lead to a noticeable upswing in summer Monarch numbers. If there is a substantial Brower's Burst aided by easterly winds, we could easily see a significant rebound in western Monarch numbers. If like 2003 and 2010 we get a ~150% increase we could be talking about a total overwintering population in 2019/20 of > 70,000. I think there would be no better way of remembering Lincoln Brower by seeing what a Brower's Burst can do for western Monarchs in 2019! Image may contain: one or more people, people standing, outdoor and nature

Western Monarch Call to Action

The Xerces Society's Action Plan

Monarch in the Pacific Northwest

Just 28,429 Monarch butterflies were counted at the California overwintering sites in the 2018 Thanksgiving Count, an 86% decline from 2017. This is justifiably 'shocking' to anyone who loves Monarchs and has prompted a 'Call To Action' led by the The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation. This call contains 5 actions deemed necessary to halt the decline. While all 5 actions have great merit, one stands out as being critical right now. This is "Restore breeding and migratory habitat in California". We believe the prime reason for the plunge in Monarch numbers from overwintering in 2017-18 to the very poor numbers seen in the summer 2018 breeding range, was failure of overwintered females to find sufficient milkweed in March-April in interior California. Poor weather during this period exacerbated the problem these females had. it is vitally important that the females leaving overwintering sites shortly are able to find new growth milkweed plants in the coastal ranges, Sacramento Valley and San Joaquin Valley of central and northern California. If you are in these areas, consider boosting your early spring nectar and milkweed availability in case a female Monarch comes by! We also need the weather in California during February-April to 'behave' and give the best opportunities for Monarch survival and breeding. There will likely be not much more than 10,000 female Monarchs setting out from the overwintering sites to build the 2019 PNW summer population. They will need all the help we and nature can provide. However, there is another factor that will play into the hoped for 'resurrection' of the Western Monarch population which I will discuss in another post.

Monarch Butterflies In The Pacific Northwest

NEW: USDA: over 50,00 plant photos

For up in the tree butterfly possibilities see: These UpScale Tree Abodes

Last Update Notice : APRIL 17, 2019