Author: Isis Howard

Population tally is lower than last year, similar to 2021 Volunteers and partners with the Xerces Society’s Western Monarch Count have been busy counting butterflies this winter, and the final numbers are now in. The 27th annual Thanksgiving count ran from …

Western Monarch Count Tallies 233,394 Butterflies Read More »

By Isis Howard on 2. March 2023 Western monarchs experienced a 58% seasonal decrease between the Thanksgiving and New Year’s counts The Xerces Society’s Western Monarch Count results for the New Year’s period are now in, revealing a 58% seasonal decrease in …

New Year’s Count Of Western Monarchs Reveals High Seasonal Decrease Following Severe Winter Storms Read More »

Monarchs returned in higher numbers for Thanksgiving count, but were then battered by winter storms. For immediate release January 31, 2023 Contacts: Emma Pelton, Senior Endangered Species Conservation Biologist and Western Monarch Lead, the Xerces Society; 503-212-0706; [email protected] Isis Howard, Endangered Species …

Western Monarch Count Tallies Over 330,000 Butterflies (Press Release) Read More »

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By Elizabeth E. Crone, professor and quantitative ecologist at the University of California Davis on 31. January 2023 A few weeks ago, a reporter asked me whether relatively high western monarch butterfly counts again this year mean that the population has recovered. …

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By Isis Howard and Emma Pelton on 31. January 2023 ### For the 26th year, community scientists grabbed their binoculars and ventured out to survey monarch butterflies for the Xerces Society’s Western Monarch Count. Surveying a total of 272 overwintering …

Western Monarch Thanksgiving Count Tallies Over 330,000 Butterflies Before Storms Batter Overwintering Sites Read More »

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Remembering Dan Meade The western monarch community, including myself and others at Xerces, are mourning the unexpected death of Dan Meade on November 26th at the age of 68. Dan was a longtime monarch overwintering expert, consultant, and a very …

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The Xerces Society’s Western Monarch Count: Mid-Season Update, December 2022 Date: 12/7/22 Western Monarch Thanksgiving Count surpasses 300,000 butterflies and counting While preliminary, more than 300,000* monarch butterflies have been reported across 183 overwintering sites in California for The Xerces …

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The Xerces Society’s Western Monarch Count: Mid-Season Update, November 2022 Date: 11/22/22 More than 105,000* monarch butterflies have been reported to The Xerces Society’s Western Monarch Count project as of 11/22/22. This year seems to be another good year for …

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Two Western Monarch Thanksgiving Count Trainings Opportunities for Santa Barbara County: FULL Saturday, November 12, 2022 at 9:00 – 10:30 am Sunday, November 13, 2022 at 8:00 – 9:30 am Location: Volunteers will meet regional coordinator, Charis van der Heide …

WMC Volunteer Training in Santa Barbara: 11/12/22 & 11/13/22 Read More »

Learn how to count monarch butterflies in Los Angeles! Join Richard Rachman, the Los Angeles County volunteer coordinator for the Xerces Society’s Western Monarch Count (WMC), for a sunrise monarch count training. You will be trained on protocols, general ideas, …

Los Angeles County’s WMC Volunteer Trainings: Oct. 23, 24th, & 29th, 2022 Read More »