Local effort to save the

Monarch Butterfly

CBS 58 Aired Sunday July 26, 2015

The Monarch Butterfly is perhaps the most recognizable butterflies in the world, but their numbers have been drastically dwindling over the years. Michael Schlesinger found some local conservationists taking it upon themselves to do something about it.

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Sept. 17th 2015
2015 Migration TMT Pictures on left From Podpaloosa 2015 A truly  seedy event! Photos by LuLu By the numbers each evening over 800 total

September was consistent in terms of weather which resulted in a steady trickle of monarchs over the month. Attached is a graph with the numbers. It is important to remember that the population overall is down 90%. So the 800 that passed through was once as many as 8000.

What we found interesting is that the monarchs did not use the oak woods as much—maybe because of the new buildings.

The sycamore area was on-again off-again. Some evenings there were small clusters on the ends of many of the dead branches. (warm temps—no need for tighter clusters underneath.)

There were 3 other areas that we had small roosts and on the exact same branches as in past years: the small ash tree-south east side of the north berm, the locust tree in the ABB parking lot (there were more roosts in this tree than the sycamore), and the oaks and crab tree south of ABB. Peak was the 22nd. Again, too difficult to know from day to day where they would be so we did not call to alert people. We spent many evenings scrambling across the site with cell phones to report to each other which trees they were roosting in and to get an accurate evening count.  Also, nectar areas are very scarce so far. It is entirely possible that less monarchs are attracted to the sight from the air because of the lack of desirable nectar plants. This will hopefully improve over time….We also saw 5 monarchs on the 26th of October, the trickle kept coming long after September ended.

An interesting perspective on the connection of one species to everything and us.


attached:  the graph from our monarch count on the site.—an approximate 800 passed through. It was warm so there were only a couple of small clustered roosts.