Posts Tagged ‘monarchs’

2017-18 Monarch overwintering numbers released

Graph of monarch populations

Each winter, pollinator enthusiasts anxiously await monarch population numbers as eastern populations overwinter in the forests of Mexico. In early 2016, we were excited as monarch populations jumped from 1.13 hectares of land covered by overwintering monarchs to 4.01. It was the first rise in population for five years. But in 2017, the numbers dropped…

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Learn about the butterflies and moths found in Dickinson County

Photo of a monarch butterfly hanging from its chrysalis

Five families of butterflies call Dickinson County home, including 70 different species. But how much do you know about them? Naturalist Ashley Hansen will teach people about the native butterflies and moths of the Iowa Great Lakes area during the first program in the new Pollinator Education series 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 22, at the…

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Westport Schoolhouse and Pollinator Paradise open June 13

Photo of interior of country school

Beautiful script shows the names of students enrolled at Westport No. 5, and rows of Xs represent when they attended class. One’s mind wanders at the dates that don’t have an X. What were the kids doing that day? Were they sick? Did they have to stay home and help with harvest? Was Mom ill…

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