CLOSED UNTILL MAY 2014
ANNUAL WELCOME THE BUTTERFLIES BACK
PRE SEASON CELEBRATION MAY 24th , 25th 26th, 2014 11-5 pm
Enjoy special videos, crafts, programs, door prizes,live butterflies in the Flutterarium, exotic frogs, activities, and hatching kits, and a butterfly attracting plant sale . The newly expanded and fully stocked gift shop will be open. The cost is $6 for everyone. No reservations needed.
THANKS TO ALL OF OUR VISITORS FOR ANOTHER GREAT YEAR. PLEASE CHECK BACK IN MAY 2014 FOR A COMPLETE LISTING OF EVENTS AND HOURS.
THANKS GO OUT TO OUR FABULOUS STAFF FOR BRINGING THEIR SMILES, KNOWLEDGE AND DEVOTION TO THE “SANCTUARY FAMILY “: SAMANTHA, BLAKE, PAULA, TJ, CONNIE, JUNE, BARB,MICHELLE, EMILY and ALL Others WHO HELPED . 2014 IS GOING TO BE EVEN BETTER !
THE POSSIBLE MONARCH FORECAST FOR 2014
Christine Dell’Amore / National Geographic
Published January 29, 2014
Migrating monarch butterflies are in “grave danger,” according to a report that shows their colonies in Mexico now occupy the smallest area since records began in 1993.
The report is based on a survey of Mexico‘s Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve done in December 2013. The butterflies, which spend the winter hibernating in the reserve’s forest, occupied only 1.65 acres (0.6 hectare) in December 2013—a 44 percent drop from 2012, when the insects covered 2.76 acres (1.12 hectares) of land. The survey was conducted by the WWF-Telcel Alliance and Mexico’s National Commission for Protected Areas.
Though monarchs are found in many parts of the world, the migratory monarch is the most thoroughly studied, since it’s the group that’s most at risk. The monarch butterfly as a species is not endangered. What is endangered is its migratory phenomenon from Canada to Mexico and back.The number of migrating monarchs is plummeting for a few reasons: widespread loss of a plant called milkweed, which their young rely on for food; extreme climate fluctuations in North America, including freezing temperatures and heavy rain; and deforestation. This could be bad news for many ecosystems because monarchs pollinate plants, including some that people rely on for food, such as corn.
Our monarch butterflies are vanishing — and all signs point to Monsanto as a main culprit.
Major press outlets worldwide reported earlier this month that the butterflies are in “grave danger”. Their population has reached the lowest numbers ever recorded. Now, an independent study has linked the monarch’s decline with Monsanto’s Roundup pesticide.
This corporate giant knows what it’s doing. But Monsanto says we should balance the butterfly’s survival with what it calls “productive agriculture” (read: Monsanto’s bottom line). We need to fight this now, before it’s too late for the butterflies.
The annual mass migration of 60 million monarchs from Canada to Mexico is one of the most beautiful phenomena in the natural world. But it’s now on the verge of being a relic of history, and a key link in our food chain is under threat.
The monarch butterfly is in a serious, decades-long decline. The WWF has reported that this winter, the monarchs are only occupying an area of 1.7 acres in Mexico, down from 45 acres in 1996. An evolutionary strategy based on eating a common weed seemed smart — until Monsanto came along. Just one state along the monarchs’ migration route, Iowa, is reported to have lost 98 percent of its milkweed.
Monsanto products like Roundup dominate the agricultural market worldwide. This corporate giant sells matching genetically-engineered plants resistant to its pesticides – and encourages factory farms to douse fields with gallons of Monsanto’s herbicides.
But sprayed over vast areas, these poisons effect the entire ecosystem. Monsanto’s Roundup is also wiping out the monarchs’ primary food source – a plant called milkweed. Scientists have linked the monarch’s rapid population decline to the spread of Monsanto’s pesticides. Losing these butterflies means wiping out insects, birds and small mammals that rely on the monarch and its place in the food chain.
Every second we wait is another second closer to the monarch’s extinction. We helped wake up the world to the danger of Bayer’s pesticides on the bees. Now let’s harness that awareness to save the monarchs from Monsanto!
Thank you for being one of us,
Taren, Angus, Hanna, Melanie and the team at SumOfUs.org
THE INCREDIBLE BEE
Common Herbicide Causes a Sex Change in Frogs
Atrazine is one of the most commonly used herbicides in the world. It is also the most commonly found water pollutant in North America. Outlawed in Europe in 2003 for after some disturbing links to prostate and breast cancer, over 80 million pounds are dumped on the US every year. Atrazine has long been a suspect in causing the decline of reptile populations, and researchers at the University of California Berkeley recently released a study that found atrazine causes perfectly healthy genetically male frogs to grow up to be reproductive adult females.