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Monarch Butterfly News: March 27, 2014
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The first wave of migrants entered Texas and Estela says millions more are on their way!

 

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More on the Way!
News: First Wave Arrives
Crossing the Border
When twenty-seven sightings were suddenly reported in Texas on March 21st and 22nd, it was clear that the migration's leading edge had arrived.

In her backyard in Eagle Pass, Carol Cullar saw her first monarch as it settled down for the night.

"First remigrant of the spring just showed up at 7:03 this evening. I'm about 200 yards from the International Border across from Piedras Negras, Mexico, on a bluff above the Rio Grande."
March 21, 2014 Carol Cullar Eagle Pass, TX

"At 1pm today I saw a monarch flying past our barn. Around 6pm I saw another flying low back and forth over our field and stopping twice to nectar on small false garlic flowers (Nothoscordum bivalve). Monarchs love to get nectar from false garlic flowers and thankfully they are particularly abundant this year. Unfortunately, due to a cool March, our native milkweed (Asclepias viridis) isn't up yet."
March 22, 2014 Kathy Metzger, Dobbin, TX

Wind and Migration
Wind is a critical factor during monarch migration. Check out the March 21st map to see wind conditions prior to the monarchs' arrival in Texas. Explore the live map to watch how wind conditions affect monarch migration this spring.

Monarch Butterflies Mating March 18, 2014
Crossing the Border
Carol Cullar
 
Monarch Butterflies Mating March 18, 2014
A Monarch Favorite
Kathy Metzger
 
Monarch Butterfly Egg
Watch the Wind
Natural Earth
Estela's Letter: Mating and Leaving
Estela watched this week as monarchs continued to mate and set off on migration.
Letter from Estela
Spotlight: How Does a Population Grow?
As you track the migration, identify challenges monarchs face and the limiting factors that govern the size of the population.

 

How does monarch population grow?
Monarch Conservation
How you can help monarch butterflies
Overview
How You Can Help How You Can Help Monarchs | ResourcesResources
Maps: Report Your Sightings
Monarch butterfly migration map Monarch butterfly migration map Map of milkweed emergence: Spring 2014
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Milkweed
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First Egg
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First Larvae
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Other Observations
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Next Update April 4, 2014
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