$16.00 donated in past month
From the Open-Publishing Calendar
From the Open-Publishing Newswire
Fri Jul 22 2016California Monarch Butterflies Sites in Need of Protection
Fri Jul 22 2016Report Documents 74% Decline in Monarch Butterflies Overwintering in Coastal California
A report released on July 8 by the Xerces Society shows a sharp two-decade decline in the number of monarchs which overwinter along the California coast. The report, State of the Monarch Butterfly Overwintering Sites in California, provides an analysis of western monarch population trends. A comparison of the average number of butterflies overwintering in California during the periods 1997–2001 and 2010–2014 shows a decline of 74 percent, a figure that is comparable to declines documented at monarch overwintering sites in Mexico.
The report presents a list of the fifty California overwintering sites most in need of protection and management, based on the severity of butterfly declines at each site and their importance to the remaining population. Listed sites span the monarch’s overwintering range along the Pacific coast and the East Bay of San Francisco, including Pismo Beach and Morro Bay Golf Course in San Luis Obispo County, Ellwood Main in Santa Barbara County, Pacific Grove Sanctuary in Monterey County, Lighthouse Field State Beach and Moran Lake in Santa Cruz County, and San Leandro Golf Course in Alameda County.
The loss of breeding habitat, especially milkweed, due to the increased use of genetically modified herbicide-resistant crops, is an important factor influencing the decline of monarchs in the eastern United States. Evidence for breeding habitat loss is less clear in the West, and the continent-wide decline in monarch numbers may be compounded by other stressors such as disease, increased frequency of drought driven by climate change and the widespread use of neonicotinoid insecticides, as well as destruction of their overwintering habitat.
Related Feature: Lawsuit Launched for Endangered Species Act Protection of Monarch Butterflies
Hunger Strike Begins at Old Folsom State Prison Thursday May 25th 11:13 PM
Hunger Strike Set to Begin May 25 at Folsom State Prison Monday May 22nd 11:58 PM
Arrest UC Pres. Napolitano! UC Workers/Students Protest Corruption, Privatization & Fees (1 comment) Wednesday May 17th 6:46 PM
Commemorate revolutionary resistance and Judi Bari Day Wednesday May 17th 1:08 PM
UC UAW 2865 Calls For Resignation of UC Pres Janet Napolitano "we support ...resignation" (1 comment) Tuesday May 16th 4:36 PM
Paying More for Being Poor — Bias and Disparity in California’s Traffic Court System Monday May 15th 7:13 PM
Western States Petroleum Association Leads Lobbying Spending This Year Monday May 15th 1:00 PM
California African American Heritage at Sutter's Fort State Historic Park Monday May 15th 9:52 AM
Standing Rock Copwatchers in the Bay Area Thursday May 11th 2:05 PM
Plastic Pollution at Four Coastal California Hotspots Violates Clean Water Act Thursday May 11th 9:03 AMMore Local News...
[ × close ]
Trump Resurrects Controversial Fracking Project Monday May 8th 9:47 PM
San Diego "strike force" still heading to Korea Wednesday Apr 26th 8:01 PM
San Diego warships leading charge against North Korea Saturday Apr 15th 4:26 PM
Lawsuit Targets Trump's Border Wall, Enforcement Program Wednesday Apr 12th 2:13 PM
Governor Brown’s “Resistance” Fails to Protect California Communities Saturday Apr 8th 5:09 PM
Nuke Shutdown News March 2017 Saturday Apr 1st 4:25 PM
San Quintín Farmworkers Take Demands to Mexico City Monday Mar 27th 2:14 PM
Jornaleros de San Quintín llevan demandas a la Ciudad de México Monday Mar 27th 2:10 PM
Into the Fire: A Report Back from the Huntington Beach Antifascist Clash With Trump Rally Monday Mar 27th 11:02 AM
Charter Schools: A Cancer Destroying Our Public School System Monday Mar 27th 8:16 AMMore Global News...
[ × close ]
African New Year's Day ~ Sacred Summer Solstice Celebration Tuesday May 23rd 2:04 PM
Sen Fenistein Supported by Health Insurers; Opposes Medicare for All Tuesday May 2nd 8:38 PM
California won its first major battle over `sanctuary cities' Wednesday Apr 26th 5:42 PM
California bill to eliminate bail system clears first hurdle (1 comment) Thursday Apr 6th 11:10 AM
Californians Against Fracking Responds to EPA’s Methane Regulation Announcement Friday Mar 17th 6:01 PM
California Announces Revised Proposed Rules on Agricultural Pesticide Use Near Schools Thursday Mar 16th 10:11 AM
2017 Black Minds Matter ~ the question is to whom... and why... Thursday Mar 9th 8:59 PM
Chilao School offers free space for Arts, Culture and Environmental Workshops Wednesday Mar 1st 9:14 AM
Art of War : Executive Order Saturday Feb 18th 11:06 PM
JBLM Force Protection Division Message to the American People "Go F*ck Yourself" Saturday Jan 21st 8:14 AMOpen Newswire...
[ × close ]