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Monarchs Moving

Posted on Aug 10, 2015

It is really starting to turn into a good couple of weeks for Monarch butterflies in their expected migratory hotspots, especially along the Atlantic coast, with more individuals like this one being seen feeding and flying every day. Whether it is on a clover, some goldenrod, a sunflower, coneflowers or many more pollinator plants not coated in chemicals these insects are getting the fuel they need to keep moving south. Sunny and calm weather means conducive conditions for flights, and likely means more of them survive their journey. I don’t know about you but the fact they have become almost endangered in a handful of years makes me appreciate Monarchs all the more. It should not have to be that way, but it has been a valuable lesson in not taking our natural neighbors for granted. I love seeing each and every one of them, and we will keep highlighting the species for the next few months they are with us.

Monarch clover August-0058

Scott Kruitbosch
Conservation & Outreach Coordinator