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Nothing more fun than watching a nest cam -- especially when you get to see EAGLETS!
12/12/2022
Dulles Greenway Eagle Cam Documentary

Nothing more fun than watching a nest cam -- especially when you get to see EAGLETS!

Get a behind the scenes look at the installation of the new Dulles Greenway livestreaming eagle cam!Learn how we installed the cameras at night so everyone c...

Beautiful--thanks for your work Avian Conservation Center of Appalachia!
12/12/2022

Beautiful--thanks for your work Avian Conservation Center of Appalachia!

Today we admitted another big, beautiful great horned owl. This one is from Harrison County, and was found tangled in a barbed wire fence. The owl was anesthetized and the wounds cleaned; fortunately, the owl should recover from the injuries. He was rehydrated and treated with antibiotics and pain medication, and he’s resting comfortably in the hospital.

Thank you to the Humane Society of Harrison County for your help with this gorgeous owl!

Data is still coming in, and it's looking good. Read about the Western Monarch Thanksgiving Count 🦋
12/09/2022

Data is still coming in, and it's looking good. Read about the Western Monarch Thanksgiving Count 🦋

The Western Monarch Thanksgiving Count monitoring period ended earlier this week. Data is still being submitted, compiled, and vetted, so numbers still aren’t final. A comprehensive count announcement will come in January. But we have good news to share!

So far, volunteers for the Xerces Society's Western Monarch Thanksgiving Count have reported more than 300,000 monarch butterflies across 183 overwintering sites in California!

Surpassing 300,000 overwintering western monarchs is a meaningful benchmark. In fact, it's something that hasn't occurred since the fall of 2000. (That said, volunteers are counting significantly more sites since the early 2000s, and thus, possibly more butterflies, too.) A second year of increasing numbers - up from a low of 2,000 in 2020 - gives hope for the struggling western monarch population.

However, it's imperative that this positive news is also met with the understanding that the monarch population has declined significantly since the 1980s, when western monarchs numbered in the low millions. There continues to be very little meaningful protection for monarchs or their habitat; overwintering sites in particular continue to be destroyed and damaged each year. Continued advocacy, action, and support for monarch butterflies are needed now and well into the future.

The Xerces Society will continue our research, advocacy, and habitat restoration to protect monarch butterflies. Your support makes it possible. xerces.org/give

Learn more about the Western Monarch Count: westernmonarchcount.org

Feel free to share widely!!
12/09/2022
Conservation Careers

Feel free to share widely!!

Check out the latest film from the USDA Forest Service Office of International Programs, Conservation Careers. This was created for students to explore caree...

12/07/2022

Huge thanks to Guido at Adopta Bosque for the fantastic virtual rainforest tour today ! We loved the content and especially the chance to see all of wildlife !

(and great questions from the students at Madison High School ! )

Thanks for the great work Secret Garden Birds and Bees --as always!
12/06/2022

Thanks for the great work Secret Garden Birds and Bees --as always!

Photos from WHSRN's post
12/06/2022

Photos from WHSRN's post

In case you missed our latest film, Conservation Careers, please check it out. We created it for students to explore car...
12/05/2022
Conservation Careers

In case you missed our latest film, Conservation Careers, please check it out. We created it for students to explore career possibilities, with the goal of broadening perceptions of what conservation jobs can look like. The film features diverse people in interesting jobs –and shows the sometimes circuitous paths taken to them. The idea is that conservation needs all of us (hint: not just STEM majors!)

Check out the latest film from the USDA Forest Service Office of International Programs, Conservation Careers. This was created for students to explore caree...

In Miramar Argentina, 35 energetic high school students participated in the  Fundación LIderes de Azuencia Environmental...
12/03/2022

In Miramar Argentina, 35 energetic high school students participated in the Fundación LIderes de Azuencia Environmental Leadership Forum this week . These students, who live in communities around Laguna Mar Chiquita, learned about the natural system around the lake, threats, conservation opportunities and international connections. The lake is an internationally important area for shorebirds that migrate from areas like Mono Lake, California and the Great Salt Lake in Utah and is a key area for wintering birds from these lakes, specifically Wilson’s phalaropes.

Opportunities like this forum provide invaluable opportunities for students near important migratory bird habitats to learn about managing the resources in thier own backyard. These students have a bright future as conservation leaders in Argentina.

The importance of this event is highlighted by the support and participation of local and international partners. (US Forest Service International Programs/Wings Across the Americas, Embajada de Estados Unidos en Argentina, WHSRN, Natura Argentina , Mono Lake Committee, California State Parks, Miramar de Ansenuza )

Fantastic work ACCA!!!
11/04/2022

Fantastic work ACCA!!!

This incredibly cute animal is a Northern saw-whet owl. This migratory species eats primarily deer mice, and it’s the smallest owl species that occurs in West Virginia. This little guy (or girl) should be able to return to the wild in the next few days.

Notice the perch that this owl is standing on. It’s a plastic pipe wrapped with sisal rope. This gives raptors something to hold onto and helps keep their feet and talons in good condition. We repaired several perches last week, and now we are completely out of rope!

If you would like to send some rope (or other supplies) to the birds, we will post a link to our Amazon Wish List in the comments. We will gladly accept these and similar items from other sources — Lowes carries many of these items too, and they can be dropped off with the receptionist at Cheat Lake Animal Hospital, with a note that they’re for ACCA.

Thank you for your support of the birds!

This is so cool. Read more about the connection between Day of the Dead and monarchs from our friends National Wildlife ...
11/03/2022

This is so cool. Read more about the connection between Day of the Dead and monarchs from our friends National Wildlife Federation https://blog.nwf.org/2022/11/day-of-the-dead-and-monarch-conservation/

November 1: Día de los Mu***os, or Day of the Dead, is a celebration of life and death. Monarch butterflies, arriving home from their long migration, are believed to be souls of those who have departed. This first day of festivity commenorates infants and children who have died. It's believed that they have a special place in heaven, and they are known as ‘Angelitos’ (little angels).

Inside homes altares de mu***os or ofrendas are set up and decorated with marigolds, perforated paper (papel picado), skulls (calavera) made of granulated sugar, meringue powder and water. Offredas also include Pan de Mu**to (bread of the dead), and salt to help quench the thirst of souls, (salt is arranged in a cross pattern so that "the soul won’t be corrupted."
***os!

Photo credit: The Guardian

11/02/2022

From our friends Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin. Happy Día de los Mu***os!
11/02/2022

From our friends Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin. Happy Día de los Mu***os!

🦋Happy Día de los Mu***os!🦋

The Monarch Butterfly is culturally significant for many who celebrate Día de los Mu***os as they symbolize the souls of loved ones returning home. To learn more about the symbolism of monarch migration in Mexican culture, read this article published by The Nature Conservancy: https://www.nature.org/en-us/what-we-do/our-priorities/tackle-climate-change/climate-change-stories/monarch-butterflies-us-mexico/

🦋 NRF is proud to support the Wisconsin Monarch Collaborative, a consortium of organizations and individuals working together to protect monarch butterflies. Thank you to Monarch Joint Venture and USFS International Programs (Wings Across the Americas) for their support for the Wisconsin Monarch Collaborative.

📷: Courtesy of NRF

[Image description: A monarch butterfly sitting on Whorled Milkweed, a fine-leafed light green plant with tiny white flowers.]

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11/01/2022
Conservation Careers: Finding Your Path

Happy Month! You can celebrate by watching our short film "Conservation Careers" which features a wide range of jobs--and the sometimes circuitous paths leading to them. The idea is to broaden young people's understanding of how anyone can work in conservation (hint: not just STEM majors!) Feel free to share widely. (Close captions in Spanish and English)

What's the matter with monarchs, and why do they matter?Madison Audubon sums it up below.https://static1.squarespace.com...
10/31/2022

What's the matter with monarchs, and why do they matter?

Madison Audubon sums it up below.
https://static1.squarespace.com/static/55c0d7e5e4b05b835010c1f4/t/62d9af3bdc6ae020aff8db84/1658433339535/why+do+monarchs+matter.pdf

We love the update Monarch Joint Venture. Go Pollinator Posse!
10/26/2022

We love the update Monarch Joint Venture. Go Pollinator Posse!

Photos from Defensores de la Cuenca's post
10/19/2022

Photos from Defensores de la Cuenca's post

WEBINAR: Are Plants Sold as Pollinator-friendly also Pollinator-safe? The Case of Milkweed and How to Help. October 1211...
10/07/2022
Are Plants Sold as Pollinator-friendly also Pollinator-safe? The Case of Milkweed and How to Help | Xerces Society

WEBINAR: Are Plants Sold as Pollinator-friendly also Pollinator-safe? The Case of Milkweed and How to Help.

October 12
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM PT / 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM MT / 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM CT / 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM ET

Join The Xerces Society and University of Nevada, Reno to discuss the new study: Milkweed plants bought at nurseries may expose monarch caterpillars to harmful pesticide residues, Halsch et al. 2022

Article link: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S000632072200252X

Register: https://xerces.org/events/oregon/are-plants-sold-as-pollinator-friendly-also-pollinator-safe-case-of-milkweed-and-how

A recently published study reported that milkweeds purchased from retail nurseries across 15 states contained an average of 12 pesticides per plant. Join the lead researchers from the University of Nevada-Reno and Xerces Society to learn more about the findings and to learn what consumers and retail...

10/06/2022

Congrats for a super successful YARN BOMBING event ! If you're curious about how to bring together people to make art, raise awareness about conservation AND bolster community, check this out !

How do we build understanding and trust between ranchers and conservationists? and then start acting together to save ou...
10/06/2022
Partnerships with Ranchers to Balance Livestock Production and Biodiversity Conservation in Mexico's Grasslands

How do we build understanding and trust between ranchers and conservationists? and then start acting together to save our biodiversity?

WHSRN has some great ideas and proofs of concept. READ

We are proud to be supporting sustainable grazing initiatives.

By: Nico Marchand, Manomet and Joaquín Aldabe, Manomet On September 8-9, the first meeting of the Sustainable Grazing Network was held in Casas Grandes, Chihuahua, Mexico. The main goal of the meeting was to create a forum to build understanding, trust and relationships between conservationists and...

We had a blast at the 'Festival de la Monarca' last weekend in Minneapolis! A crowd of 10,000+  celebrated monarchs, lea...
09/13/2022

We had a blast at the 'Festival de la Monarca' last weekend in Minneapolis! A crowd of 10,000+ celebrated monarchs, learned a lot and enjoyed the art & activities! Thanks to our wonderful partner, the Monarch Joint Venture Venture, and Nokomis East Neighborhood Association who coordinated the event.

We just got back from the first in-person meeting of ranchers for the , Nuevo Casas Grandes in Chihuahua, Mexico.100 par...
09/12/2022

We just got back from the first in-person meeting of ranchers for the , Nuevo Casas Grandes in Chihuahua, Mexico.
100 participants learned about the benefits of sustainable grazing and how they can protect migratory birds.

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FYI. Our South America Fire Program will be hosting a Careers and Fire Management virtual expo on September 13, 15:00. L...
09/06/2022

FYI. Our South America Fire Program will be hosting a Careers and Fire Management virtual expo on September 13, 15:00. Learn more by clicking below and register here: https://bit.ly/virtualexpomanejofuego

09/02/2022

Monarch fall migration has started! 🦋🦋

Monarch Joint Venture and Minnesota Native Landscapes hosted a family-friendly event Minnesota Native Landscapes Nursery Division native seed production farm to celebrate. Monarchs are partial to their fields of meadow blazing star (Liatris ligulistylis), which created a spectacle of 100’s of monarchs among a sea of purple flowers.

Here's a little video from the event. Thanks Dana Boyle, Monarch Joint Venture

This week's theme of the  campaign, . Specifically Grasslands support watersheds, playas, rivers and streams—and recharg...
08/26/2022

This week's theme of the campaign, . Specifically

Grasslands support watersheds, playas, rivers and streams—and recharge aquifers—ensuring clean, safe water for drinking, wildlife, agriculture and industry.

This week we are celebrating North America’s phenomenal grasslands and the outdoor recreation space they provide, for ac...
08/04/2022

This week we are celebrating North America’s phenomenal grasslands and the outdoor recreation space they provide, for activities like bird watching!! 🐦🐦
We support grasslands health across the Americas and are proud to be part of the campaign.

This week, the International Union for Conservation of Nature added the monarch butterfly to their Red List of Globally ...
07/26/2022
Migratory monarch butterfly now Endangered - IUCN Red List

This week, the International Union for Conservation of Nature added the monarch butterfly to their Red List of Globally Endangered Species. You can read their press release below.

Monarchs are not yet listed under the U.S. Endangered Species Act but an extensive status assessment in 2020 determined the listing is warranted. We are continuing to work with our fantastic partners across the United States, Canada and Mexico to improve habitat for monarchs. Our goal is to help monarchs make a comeback in the United States and all along their amazing migration route.
We encourage you to learn about habitat restoration and citizen scientist activities that you can take part in: Monarch Joint Venture The Xerces Society Napa County Resource Conservation District

Gland, Switzerland, 21 July 2022 (IUCN) – The migratory monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus plexippus), known for its spectacular annual journey of up to 4,000 kilometres across the Americas, has entered the IUCN Red List of Threatened SpeciesTM as Endangered, threatened by habitat destruction and...

We are so pleased to be helping our partners in Napa Valley plant pollinator habitat for the benefit of monarchs and peo...
07/25/2022
Napa County aids monarch butterfly comeback push

We are so pleased to be helping our partners in Napa Valley plant pollinator habitat for the benefit of monarchs and people.

Monarchs need native milkweed plants and native nectar plants to lay their eggs and to feed. Napa County Resource Conservation District The Xerces Society Monarch Joint Venture are making a difference. Read about it below.

Napa County is playing a role in a hoped-for comeback for the iconic but beleaguered western monarch butterfly.

A huge win for shorebirds! On June 30, 2022, the Argentine government approved the declaration of Laguna Mar Chiquita as...
07/06/2022
Ansenuza National Park and National Reserve created at the Laguna Mar Chiquita WHSRN Site of Hemispheric Importance

A huge win for shorebirds!

On June 30, 2022, the Argentine government approved the declaration of Laguna Mar Chiquita as Ansenuza National Park and National Reserve.

Around a half a million Wilson's Phalarope (half the global population) seek habitat in Laguna Mar Chiquita. The other hotspot -- Mono Lake, a place our Wings Across the Americas team visited two weeks ago.

Read more about this conservation achievement below.
Manomet Aves Argentinas WHSRN

After several years of work and great efforts, the declaration of the Ansenuza National Park and Reserve is official. In 1989 Laguna Mar Chiquita was designated as a Site of Hemispheric Importance within the Western Hemisphere Shorebird Reserve Network (WHSRN), due to it providing habitat for except...

Have you heard of Mono lake? It's a salty body of water in the middle of eastern California, and it harbors more than a ...
06/23/2022

Have you heard of Mono lake? It's a salty body of water in the middle of eastern California, and it harbors more than a million migratory birds on their annual journey.

Our migratory species team was just there looking for Wilson's Phalarope. The bird is as interesting as the lake. You can learn more about the bird from our friends Cornell Lab of Ornithology https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Wilsons_Phalarope/overview
View pictures of the lake below.
Photo credit Jim Chu, U.S. Forest Service

Interesting in helping pollinators? Learn how you can collect and submit data to guide habitat restoration for pollinato...
06/22/2022
Time to Restore: Connecting People, Plants, and Pollinators | USA National Phenology Network

Interesting in helping pollinators? Learn how you can collect and submit data to guide habitat restoration for pollinators.
Monarch Joint Venture

Pollinator restoration has many challenges, from selecting which species to plant to provide nectar during critical periods, to knowing how these plant species will respond to changes in climate including more variable weather conditions. Better knowledge about flowering and seed timing for critical...

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