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Letter From Ellen Sharp: Adopt a Colony Project

Dear Butterfly People, We’re happy to share a little snippet of our Adopt a Colony project with you. Ana, Pato and I produced ten mixed media e-magazines from November until March, and this clip comes from a longer piece that profiled Butterflies & Their People forest guardian Emilio Velazquez. Every issue included a citizen science report that

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Collaborative Clusters To Protect Monarchs

Dear Butterfly People, The annual report on monarch population came out last week, and the numbers are not good: there are 26% fewer monarchs overwintering in Mexico than last year and rates of deforestation in the protected area quadrupled. Many conservation leaders reacted to the news by calling for more collaboration. WWF Mexico director Jorge Rickards

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Letter From Ellen Sharp: Early Departure

Dear Butterfly People, My husband Joel and I have a disagreement. He says no one cares about our community and that there’s nothing that we can do that will change that. I say I think that many people care about the monarch migration and its fate, but they fail to apprehend the connection between the well-being

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Letter From Ellen Sharp: Early Departure

Dear Butterfly People, My husband Joel and I have a disagreement. He says no one cares about our community and that there’s nothing that we can do that will change that. I say I think that many people care about the monarch migration and its fate, but they fail to apprehend the connection between the well-being

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Letter From Ellen Sharp: Remigrating or Shifting Sanctuaries?

Dear Butterfly People, It’s the time of year when people start asking about when the population numbers of this season’s eastern monarch migration will be released. These figures, derived from December and January surveys of colony size, are never made public until the monarchs have begun remigration. And now they have already begun their long, staggered departure.

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Letter From Ellen Sharp: The Solace of Butterflies

Dear Butterfly People, On his day off, Ranger Pato was checking on a plot of land his father-in-law owns in Macheros when he heard a commotion next door. “Please help, he’s really bad off,” a neighbor called to him. Half hidden by his panicked mother and grandmother, Pato could just make out the limp form of

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Letter From Ellen Sharp: Climate Change

Dear Butterfly People, Over the course of seven butterfly seasons, I got so many emails asking, “When is the best time to see the butterflies?” that I wrote a blog about the subject and started answering by sending the link. The blog explained that while in the past one would have seen the most monarch flight

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Letter From Ellen Sharp: A Wide-angle View to Help Monarchs

Dear Butterfly People, In December, the US Fish and Wildlife Service shared a long-awaited decision on whether or not monarch butterflies should be included on the endangered species list. The agency determined that while the monarch migration was indeed endangered, they would not be granted protected status at this time.  In the aftermath of this announcement, many

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Letter From Ellen Sharp: Challenges and Changes

Dear Butterfly People, There are two things I wanted to share with you this week. The first item: Cerro Pelon Monarch Butterfly Sanctuary was featured in the latest issue of National Geographic. The last time Cerro Pelon appeared in these pages was 44 years ago, when this magazine published the cover story “DISCOVERED: The Monarch’s Mexican

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