Monarch Butterfly News: February 20, 2014
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With migration set to begin within a month, people are rallying on behalf of the monarchs. Learn how you can help with the conservation initiatives now underway.

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Dr. Lincoln Brower

News: Monarchs in Mid-February
The monarchs are in the final weeks of their stay in Mexico. The first will begin migration in early March. By the spring Equinox, the butterflies will be vacating the sanctuaries en masse.

Early signs of colony break-up are typically seen now. The dense clusters of the cold winter months give way to loose clusters, as the colony begins its spring expansion. Increasingly, butterflies go out during the day in search of water and no longer return to tight clusters.

Temperatures Rising in Monarch Butterfly Winter Sanctuary Region
Temperatures Rising

Letter from Estela: Peak Season for Tourism
With tourism at its peak, Estela describes the different ways local people earn an income during the monarch's winter season.

Letter from Estela

Monarch Conservation: How You Can Help
How you can help monarch butterflies
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Letter to Leaders
Over 150 scientists, artists, and conservation experts wrote a letter to urge the leaders of Mexico, the United States, and Canada to address monarch needs.

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Maps: Report Your Sightings
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Next Update February 27, 2014