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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: 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: 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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