Getting a better understanding of the monarch’s spring migration

Alessandro Dieni: Tuesday, September 1, 2020

 

A number of people have contacted us over the summer to ask how the monarch population is doing. Are we dealing with a smaller population of monarchs this year, or have the monarchs simply been delayed in getting to our latitudes? Discover the different factors and strategies that can influence the monarch’s northern migration.

by Alessandro Dieni, Mission Monarch coordinator

 

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Monarchs and milkweed, a complex relationship

Alessandro Dieni: Tuesday, August 11, 2020

 

Even if milkweed has different strategies to keep most herbivores at bay, the monarch butterfly has managed to counter them to feed on it exclusively. Discover the very complex relationship between these two organisms.

by Alessandro Dieni, Mission Monarch coordinator

 

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A summer searching for monarchs and milkweed

Alessandro Dieni: Monday, June 1, 2020

 

Marian MacNair is a young researcher who traveled no less than 6,000 km last summer to study the monarch butterfly. Discover the story of her busy days spent meticulously counting eggs and caterpillars, and where she meets passionate entomologists!.

by Alessandro Dieni, Mission Monarch coordinator

and Marian MacNair, journalist and science educator

 

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When monarchs roost

André-Philippe Drapeau Picard: Thursday, October 10, 2019

It’s autumn, and monarchs are gradually heading south. During their migration they make stops, sometimes in large numbers. Let’s take a look at the astonishing phenomenon of monarch roosting.

by André-Philippe Drapeau Picard, Mission Monarch coordinator

 

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Make it count!

André-Philippe Drapeau Picard: Tuesday, August 27, 2019

In the information and mobile-technology age, it’s easier than ever to immortalize the spectacles that nature presents. Were you aware that when you share your observations of animal, plant and other species you could be contributing to advances in scientific knowledge?

by André-Philippe Drapeau Picard, Mission Monarch coordinator

 

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Let’s leave the monarchs in their habitat

André-Philippe Drapeau Picard

Monarchs are sometimes collected in their natural habitat so that they can be reared in captivity. A number of breeders want to help the endangered species by doing just that. Nevertheless, it’s not certain that this activity actually helps monarchs – on the contrary…

by André-Philippe Drapeau Picard, Mission Monarch coordinator

 

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Why save the monarch butterfly?

André-Philippe Drapeau Picard: Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Across North America, considerable resources are being invested in protecting the monarch butterfly, the migratory populations of which have dropped substantially in the last twenty years. But why go to so much trouble? Is one species worth all that effort?

by André-Philippe Drapeau Picard, Mission Monarch coordinator

 

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What’s the monarch’s favorite milkweed?

André-Philippe Drapeau Picard: Wednesday, February 27, 2019

In North America there are over 90 species of milkweed, four of which are native to Québec. Are monarch butterfly females more attracted by certain milkweed species when it comes to laying their eggs? Researchers conducted two experiments to answer that question.

by André-Philippe Drapeau Picard, Mission Monarch coordinator

 

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The monarchs have left

André-Philippe Drapeau Picard: Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Faithful to instinct, the monarchs have hit the road for Mexico. The autumn migration is a great adventure, but one that only an estimated half of the butterflies survive. And with climate change, the challenge they face is even greater…

by André-Philippe Drapeau Picard, Mission Monarch coordinator

 

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